Owners approve new rules changes - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Well the NFL is doing something during the lockout. They have now defined the "launching rule" although I don't see any big changes. The most significant rule deals with âlaunchingâ to level a defenseless player (i.e. leaving both feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into an opponent or using any part of the helmet to initiate forcible contact against any part of the opponentâs body). Not only will there be a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, but the launching defender can be ejected from the game if the action is judged flagrant by the officiating crew. Oooops, that could be a big game changer right there.