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    Yesterday when the Cowboys had to kick off from the 15, I wondered if they should have just kicked out of bounds and Tennessee would start from their own 40. Would another 15 yards have been assessed in that situation? If not, you figure the return is going to get out to the 35 or 40 anyway.
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    When a kickoff goes out of bounds between the goal lines without being touched by the receiving team, the ball belongs to the receivers 30 yards from the spot of the kick or at the out-of-bounds spot
    I don't know if you get the choice or what, some later text makes it appear you get it either 30 yards from the spot of the kick or where it went out of bounds, your choice. From the normal 30 yard line kickoff spot, 30 yards is the opposing forty. So after a penalty it would be further back by the amount of the penalty.

    Nfl.com - Rules Digest

    Good question, I had no idea but figured the penalty was tacked on.
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    • #3
      I struggle with rules because I am either involved in or just a fan of football on so many different levels and they all seem to have different rules.

      I know in high school we have the option of having them re-kick with a five yard penalty. Is that not an option in the NFL?
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      • #4
        Not according to that rule the way it's posted, but it may just be a summary. I also thought years ago they had the choice to force a re-kick with a five yard penalty? But I think that choice went away when they moved the kicking spot back five yards and thus gave it to you on the forty. If an onsides kick goes out prior to ten yards there's an automatic five yard penalty and a re-kick. If it goes out again you get the ball where it went out.
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        • #5
          Thanks Coyote. I didn't know how they arrived at the 40 yard line spot, that explains it.
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