The NFL competition committee may attempt to clean up the language on the field next season.
The National Football League is proposing to penalize any player for using the "n" word.
According to a group that monitors diversity in the league, the NFL is expected to agree to start penalizing players 15 yards for saying the racial slur on the field in Orlando, Fla.
A second offense would result in an ejection from the game. The rule will likely be adopted by the NFL at March's owners' meeting.
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, one of the committee members, told reporters Saturday that the league is looking at ways to reduce the use of racial and gender-related slurs sometimes used during games. Newsome is in Indianapolis for the NFL's scouting combine.
Newsome noted the concerns of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group of minority coaches and front-office, scouting and game-day NFL officials. He also said game officials told the committee what they sometimes hear on the field and that microphones around the field often capture what is being said.
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