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'Tuck rule' still a sore point for Raiders, Woodson

NAPA — Time heals all wounds?

Tell it to Charles Woodson.

The NFL officiating crew made its annual trip to Raiders training camp Friday to go over rule changes and points of emphasis.

The one of most interest to Raiders fans was the modification of the "tuck rule."

In short, quarterbacks who abort a passing motion and bring the ball back to their body and lose possession are charged with a fumble.

Previously, the rule held that it was still part of the passing motion and considered an incomplete pass, even if it wasn't always enforced that way.

It was under that rule on Jan. 19, 2002, that official Walt Coleman determined that what appeared to be a fumble by Tom Brady after a sack on a Woodson blitz was an incomplete pass rather than a fumble recovery by linebacker Greg Biekert.

It came after a lengthy replay delay and extended a New England Patriots drive that ended in a game-tying 45-yard field goal in a driving snow by Adam Vinatieri.

The Raiders then lost, 16-13, in overtime.

When told the NFL video presentation would include that change, Woodson, with a bittersweet laugh, said, "I don't need no lesson in that."


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