In a virtual online meeting today, the NFL owners discussed rule changes and debated the idea of using a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to onside kicks. They made a decision to table the proposal, which had too many outstanding issues to win approval. There were apparently two major concerns: first, that teams could gain substantially more than 15 yards on the play, and second, that a fourth-and-15 play put extra pressure on officials who could severely change games with a holding or pass interference call.
Some new rules were passed. They start with a preseason experiment to allow expanded communication between officials on the field and in the booth, in lieu of a "SkyJudge" officiating position. The NFL also closed a loophole that allowed teams to run time off the clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls, expanded defenseless player protection to kick and punt returners, and increased the number of players who can return from IR from two to three.