NFL News: New Blocking Rules, Colin Kaepernick Likely Starting

Nov 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

In a potential major shakeup of the NFL rules on blocking, Sports illustrated’s Peter King reports the NFL’s Competition Committee will consider banning all blocks below the waist for the 2013 season. To regulate such a ban low blocks would make good blocking a lot more difficult for under-sized linemen and runningbacks.

 

49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh explained Friday that he doesn’t want to publicly reveal his Week 12 starting quarterback because he believes it gives him competitive advantage by keeping it secret. Given the different playing styles of Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith, it is a good strategy if it can hold up, but based on everything that’s come out of San Fran, it would be quite s surprise to not see Kaepernick as the starting QB when the team heads to New Orleans to take on the Saints.

 

Texans OLB Brooks Reed will be sidelined the next 3-4 weeks with a groin injury.

 

The Chargers have placed starting LT Jared Gaither on the injured reserve list with a serious groin injury, which will unfortunately end his season.

 

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