OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott’s kettle jump received the most attention. But he wasn’t the only Cowboys player who factored into an NFL rules clarification since the end of last season.
Brice Butler was hit with a 15-yard penalty for entering the huddle then leaving the field without participating in the play in the team’s playoff loss to Green Bay. Referee John Hussey, part of a group of officials visiting Cowboys training camp Monday, said the league has edited that rule, allowing the officiating crew to issue a warning before a penalty is assessed.
The rule is designed to penalize a team for substituting with the intent to deceive the opponent. It’s rarely called. The last one assessed before Butler’s in January came in Week Eight of the 2014 season.
Flashback to Butler’s: Terrance Williams caught a 22-yard pass from Dak Prescott in the first quarter of the playoff game against the Packers seven months ago. Instead of a first down on the Green Bay 16-yard line, the penalty on Butler cost the Cowboys 37 yards in field position.
The Cowboys wound up punting on that possession.
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