In the wake of the Eagles-Falcons pre-game scuffle last Monday night, the National Football League has instituted a "neutral zone" for pregame warmups, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Monday.
The league has notified all of its clubs there is now a 10-yard neutral zone between the 45-yard lines for all pregame warmups.
Game officials will be situated in this neutral zone to police it. No players, expect for punters and kickers, are allowed in the 10-yard neutral zone. Any other player who enters the neutral zone will be warned; if the player remains or re-enters the zone after that, he will be subject to a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that his team would endure at the start of the game.