NFL debates expanding rules to protect QBs

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino says the league's competition committee will take a look this offseason at whether to expand rules that protect quarterbacks.

Blandino says the panel will review injury data and game film to determine whether QBs should be shielded more whenever they have the ball in the pocket, regardless of whether they are in a passing posture.

More and more NFL quarterbacks are getting sacked, getting hurt - and missing starts. Of this week's 15 games, nine - 60 percent - feature a team that changed QBs because of injury.

Nine quarterbacks already are on injured reserve in 2013, the second most through 10 weeks in any of the past 15 seasons, according to STATS.

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