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Aloha Stadium to host 2014 Pro Bowl

NFL Notes

March 21, 2013
The Associated Press

The Pro Bowl will return to Honolulu in January and again be played the week before the Super Bowl.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at the league's owners meetings in Phoenix that the all-star game he once considered scrapping has been scheduled for Aloha Stadium on Jan. 26. Goodell added that Hawaii will be included "on some sort of rotational basis" in any futurePro Bowl scheduling.

"The NFL's recent decision to return the NFL Pro Bowl to Hawaii in 2014 is great news for our tourism economy," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Goodell said he was encouraged by the level of performance in this year's game, won 62-35 by the NFC.

"They clearly made a very positive effort in the way they played the game this year," Goodell said.

* BEARS: Chicago general manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team was not able to agree on a contract with Brian Urlacher, meaning the 34-year-old linebacker is a free agent after being slowed by a knee problem and missing the final four games of last season with a hamstring injury.

Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowler, started 180 games from 2000 to 2012, recording a team-record 1,779 tackles as well as 41 1/2 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP's defensive player of the year in 2005.

* RULE CHANGES: NFL team owners passed a rule Wednesday barring ballcarriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field.

The penalty will be 15 yards from the spot of the foul. If the offensive and defensive players both use the crown of the helmet to make contact, each will be penalized.

Also on Wednesday, the NFL eliminated the "tuck rule." Now, if a quarterback loses control of the ball before he has fully protected it after opting not to throw, it is a fumble.



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