(ATLANTA) -- In a further effort to increase player safety, the NFL has agreed to some changes that will they hope will make the game safer. At the start of the 2013 season, thigh and knee pads will become mandatory for all players.
"We have raised the issue of mandatory pads for at least three years now," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "I believe the technology has improved, the pads are far better than a decade ago, they allow better performances and are more protective. Every other level of football uses the pads."
NFL owners also agreed to move the trade deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8. The owners also voted to allow one "marquee" player who is placed on the injured reserved list to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week.
While discussing the new rules and regulations, Goodell also said that the NFL is closer to a decision on if the Pro Bowl will continue to be played or not.
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