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Minnesota Vikings' Kai Forbath (2) boots the opening kickoff to the Chicago Bears to start an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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While the NFL is unlikely to remove kickoffs entirely, significant changes appear to be coming. 

Judy Battista of NFL.com provided the latest breakdown from the recent safety meeting:

The plan is reportedly to implement the changes for the 2018 season if the owners vote them in. Battista previously reported the league wants to eliminate big, dangerous hits that often lead to injuries on kickoffs.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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