No changes coming to NFL's helmet rule

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Competition Committee has recommended not making any changes to the helmet rule approved by owners in the offseason, which means instant replay use for officials will not be instituted for such calls.

After members of the powerful committee held a conference call Wednesday, football operations chief Troy Vincent noted there would be no alterations. Vincent said the feedback after two weeks of preseason games was reviewed and "the committee resolved that there will be no changes ... "

"The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or facemask is not a foul," Vincent said.

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Mike White #3 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass under pressure by Darius Kilgo #96 of the Houston Texans in the second half of the preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 30: San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Nick Mullens (4) dives into the end zone for a touch down during the preseason game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers on August 30, 2018, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Stephen Hopson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Danny Etling (5) runs for a touchdown during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 16: Wide receiver Trey Quinn #14 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by wide receiver Charone Peake #17 of the New York Jets as he returns a punt in the third quarter of a preseason game at FedExField on August 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 16: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) embraces New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) during the second quarter. The New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles in the second pre-season home exhibition game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Aug. 16, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16: L.J. Fort #54 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a sack against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter of a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 16: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Redskins and quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets talk after the Redskins defeated the Jets 15-13 of a preseason game at FedExField on August 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneel during the national anthem as they prepare to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Bucs won, 26-24. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9 : The New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins face off during their preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Members of the Indianapolis Colts stand during the national anthem before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises his fist during the national anthem as Chris Long #56 puts his arm around him prior to the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Eagles 31-14. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 09: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) lines up wide during a preseason NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins on August 9, 2018, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Redskins 26-17. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 09: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass down field during the first half against the Houston Texans on August 9, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 09: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 09: Darius Jennings #15 of the Tennessee Titans catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Blake Martinez #50 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter of a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 9: Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12), left, hits running back Byron Marshall (34) for a 1st quarter touchdown pass during a pre-season game between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots in at Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA on August 9, 2018. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Eagles QB Joe Callahan (3) loses the football while being brought down by Steelers LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (92) during the NFL Preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Steelers WR Damoun Patterson (83) checks in at the line during the NFL Preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne throws in the second quarter against the Houston Texans on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) rushes against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson (49) is hit by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (50) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Ralph Webb (22) dives for the two point conversion against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Elijah Campbell (43) watches New York Giants running back Jalen Simmons (34) fly through the air on a tackle by defensive back Montrel Meander (30) (not pictured) during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 09: Houston Texans huddle during the NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 9, 2018 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Jermaine Carter #56 of the Carolina Panthers sacks Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Vincent added that as players, coaches and officials adjust to the rule, the league will provide more feedback and examples of incorrect calls.

Players on both sides of the ball have expressed confusion about the rule that prohibits lowering the helmet to make contact anywhere on an opponent, and also are concerned that officials can't be consistent whistling such penalties.

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