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NFL Announces No Changes Will Be Made To Roughing The Passer Penalty

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The NFL is not shying away from controversy stemming from several Week 5 penalties that sparked debate across the league. 

In a tweet sent out Wednesday afternoon, Adam Schefter announced that the NFL is not changing any rules that relate to the protection of players' health and safety. 

"A league source said today that 'there is no backing down on enforcing rules that are in place to protect the health and safety of players, including quarterbacks, who by rule are considered defenseless players when they are in a passing posture'," Schefter reported. 

Schefter noted in a follow-up tweet that roughing the passer penalties are actually down this season as compared to last, by nearly 45%. 

Despite this, some fans were hoping that the league might relax or alter rules relating to the enforcement of these types of penalties in light of two controversial calls this weekend. 

Chiefs' Chris Jones and Falcons' Grady Jarrett were both called for roughing the passer penalties in Week 5, with the latter essentially ending any chance for an Atlanta comeback attempt. 

With several highly anticipated games in Week 6 including Chiefs vs. Bills, any further borderline penalties will surely bring more attention to the subject.