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March 28 (The Sports Xchange) - The NFL approved eight playing rule proposals for the 2017 season Tuesday at the annual owners meeting in Phoenix, including banning the leaping block attempt on field goals and extra-point attempts.

The league believes the play is too dangerous and could result in a player being flipped over and seriously injured, ESPN reports. The play was successfully executed during the 2016 season by New England Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Another major change is the way the replay review process will be approached. The sideline replay monitors will be replaced with a handheld device. Once a replay request is activated, authorized members of the league's officiating department will make the final decision on replay reviews in real time.

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Defensive end Chris Long agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

Long, who turned 32 on Tuesday, recently announced he wasn't returning to the New England Patriots after winning a Super Bowl ring in his lone season with the team.

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Jason Witten agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain with the Dallas Cowboys through the 2021 season, ESPN reports.

Witten's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $29.6 million but does not include guaranteed money. His $12.262 million cap hit for the 2017 season remains the same entering the final year of his existing deal.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has it on good authority that quarterback Tom Brady is planning to play until his mid-40s.

"As recently as two, three days ago, he assured me he's willing to play six, seven more years," Kraft told reporters Monday at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix.

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the lone dissenting vote on the Raiders' relocation to Las Vegas, said fans should never foot the bill for stadium construction.

Ross, who put down $500 million in private funds for a massive remodel in Miami last offseason, voted against the move as a form of protest, believing Raiders owner Mark Davis did not exhaust his private-funding options before turning to Las Vegas for $750 million.

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DuJuan Harris is re-joining the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year deal.

Over 10 games last season, Harris rushed for 138 yards on 38 carries and caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

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