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Last year, the NFL moved the kickoff line up five yards to the 35-yard line. The reasoning? Too many injuries were occurring on the high-speed collisions during kickoff coverage. By moving the line up, the league reduced the speed of the collisions, but also reduced the number of returns as well. Most kickers have no problem burying the football out of the back of the endzone from 65 yards away...

From Cork Gaines of Business Insider:

In 1994, the NFL moved kickoffs from the 35-yard line back to the 30-yard line, and the result was a 32.3% increase in the average number of kickoffs per game. But in the era of concussion awareness, the NFL reversed that move prior to last season, moving the kickoffs back to the 35-yard line.

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