D.C. Defenders vs Houston Roughnecks LIVE USFL Week 2 (4/7/24)

D.C. Defenders vs Houston Roughnecks LIVE USFL Week 2 (4/7/24)

The United Football League (UFL) is set for an exciting Week 2 showdown as the D.C. Defenders take on the Houston Roughnecks. The game will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • What: UFL, Week 2
  • Who: D.C. Defenders vs. Houston Roughnecks
  • When: Sunday, April 7, 2024
  • Where: Audi Field
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN
Watch the UFL on ESPN

NFL Kickoff Returns

In other football news, kickoff returns are making a comeback in the NFL. Team owners approved a new rule that revives what had essentially become “a dead play” and makes it an integral part of the game again. The major overhaul to special teams takes elements of the kickoff rules used in the XFL and tweaks them for use in the NFL beginning in 2024. The rule will be in play for one season on a trial basis and then be subject to renewal in 2025.

NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay said the new rule passed by a 29-3 vote. The change was urgent because it could impact the way teams structure rosters. There were 1,970 touchbacks on kickoffs last season that now could be returns. There were 92 fair catches last season that are no longer allowed. Any ball caught in the field of play must be returned.

For a standard kickoff, the ball would be kicked from the 35-yard line with the 10 kick coverage players lined up at the opposing 40, with five on each side of the field. The return team would have at least nine blockers lined up in the “set up zone” between the 30- and 35-yard line, with at least seven of those players touching the 35. There would be up to two returners allowed inside the 20.

Other Rule Changes

In addition to the kickoff rule change, owners voted to make two tweaks to instant replay. Replay can now be used to review whether the game clock expired before the snap and also can correct an obvious error when a passer was ruled down by contact or out of bounds before throwing the ball.

There were several other changes, including allowing teams in the playoffs to have unlimited returns from injured reserve if they have missed four games. Teams also can place up to two players on IR, the physically unable to perform list or non-football injury list before cutting the roster to 53 players and have them still be eligible to return.

Owners also voted to move the trade deadline back one week to the Tuesday following the end of Week 9 and will allow a team to elevate a “bona fide” quarterback from the practice squad an unlimited amount of times to be the emergency third quarterback.

Tom Brady’s Ownership Bid

In other news, Tom Brady’s bid to purchase a share of the Las Vegas Raiders remains on hold. Owners didn’t take a vote on whether to approve Brady’s potential ownership stake during this week’s league meetings. There’s been concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis is discounting the price for Brady.

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