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Default Report: Watt’s cut could lead NFL to adopt blood rule

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Report: Watt’s cut could lead NFL to adopt blood rule

J.J. Watt’s bloody face from Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks could end up being one of the most memorable images of the NFL season.

It also could lead to a new rule.

According to a Pro Football Talk report, the league may institute a rule that requires players to leave the game when they’re bleeding.

Watt suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose after tackling Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson during the third quarter. After the play, the Texans defensive end removed his helmet to reveal a face full of blood — a sight that cameras quickly picked up on. Watt continued to play with blood gushing from his nose.

His postgame explanation for the cut was funny: “I hit people for a living.” But former head of officiating Mike Pereira tells PFT that the image of Watt bleeding could force the league’s Competition Committee to take a serious look at a rule change.

“The NFL does not have a blood rule,” Pereira said. “Hockey has it, college football has it, the NBA has it: If you have blood on your person you’re asked to leave the game and it has to be stopped and your uniform cleaned up. Should the NFL have a blood rule? I think they should. In this day and age of infectious diseases it makes sense, and that’s exactly why all the other sports have gone in that direction. . . . I’d bet you that they address it in the offseason, especially after seeing J.J. Watt.”

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