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The NFL could finally be eliminating one of their most controversial rules Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The NFL Competition Committee is reportedly considering changing its rules as to what constitutes a catch, Judy Battista of NFL Media confirmed on Tuesday.

According to Battista, the league is considering eliminating the “going to the ground” portion of the catch rule in as a way to clarify what counts as a reception.

According to the current rule, “a player is considered to be going to the ground if he does not remain upright long enough to demonstrate that he is clearly a runner,” via ProFootballTalk‘s report on the potential rule change.

In this situation, a player would need to keep possession of the football through “initial contact” with the ground regardless of whether they’ve been hit by a defender.

Battista also noted that the committee will consider more ejections resulting from on-field fights, as well as a targeting rule similar to college football for helmet-to-helmet collisions and a change to the current defensive pass interference rules that would change from the spot foul to a 15-yard penalty.

The league is also focusing on making variations to illegal penalties on passing plays during the committee meetings.

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