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NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

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Falcons president Rich McKay (from left), general manager Thomas Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank watch the Falcons play the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in December of 2012. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons president Rich McKay (from left), general manager Thomas Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank watch the Falcons play the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in December of 2012. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

The NFL competition committee, which is chaired by Falcons president/CEO Rich McKay, will present 13 rule proposals, seven bylaw changes and one proposed resolution at the owner’s meeting next week in Orlando.

McKay and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher held a conference call today with the media. Profootballtalk.com has up a good summary of the proposals.

The most controversial one would be the enforcement of an unsportsmanlike penalty for the use of the “N-word” on the field and other “insulting language.”

The committee also supports an expansion of the playoffs, although it’s not one of the formal proposals.

The members of the competition committee are:

Falcons President/CEO Rich McKay.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher

Cowboys Stephen Jones

Giants John Mara

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis

Packers CEO Mark Murphy

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome

Texans GM Rick Smith

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

Here are some tweets from the call.

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