NFL players will meet with the NFL officiating crew at the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals to discuss the use of cross-road signs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.
The officiating group will meet in person for the first time since the team was fined by the league for violating the league’s rules for cross-roads signs in 2014.
Rapoports reported the meeting is expected to take place before kickoff.
Rapaport also reported that officials are considering altering the use rules to make it less of a penalty for players to cross the road in an attempt to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians.
Rapopport reported earlier this month that officials were still considering making the changes.
The Cowboys are expected to wear black cross-stops during the game, which will mark the second time this season that a team has faced a penalty.
The team has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for violating cross-street rules.
The league is considering increasing penalties for such violations.
Rapopoulos reports that officials will consider modifying the rules to allow players to take a longer route on the road, with the goal of making cross-streets more visible.
“We think that’s a pretty good idea,” Rapopos said of allowing players to run down the center of the road.
“And that’s something that I think that many people will applaud.
But that’s just going to be one piece of the puzzle, and we’re going to go from there.”
Rapopets also reported a conversation with the players about the potential changes to cross-traffic laws, which have been controversial since former NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the league in 2015 for four games after he found it was in violation of the league and the law by allowing players on the field to use the game field as an unofficial practice area during pregame warmups.
The NFL has appealed the suspension, but Commissioner Roger Goodell has not changed his position on the cross-field use issue.
Rapops reported Sunday that the Cowboys are working on a plan that will make the cross streets visible and will be discussed during the meeting.
“There’s no question that it’s a challenge for us to navigate,” Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones said.
“When we went through the rule changes, we talked about how to go forward and how we can make it a little bit better for the players.”
Rapops said the meeting will likely be one of the first discussions the NFL has had regarding cross-safety, which has been a point of contention between players and officials.
“It’s an issue we’ve talked about, and the issue that’s been talked about by players and the officials is, do we have a good way to communicate with each other about cross traffic, how we’re communicating about it and how do we make it better for all of us,” Jones said, adding that he hopes the meeting “helps us.”