The proposed rule that was announced recently to protect snappers has passed. Beginning this season, teams defending a field goal or extra point attempt will no longer be allowed to use overload situations in an attempt to block a kick. Instead, teams can only have six players on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper. As a further safety measure, teams will not be permitted to push players on the line into the offensive formation. Snappers will also be treated as a “defenseless player” during the kick.
The text of the new rule is below.