NFL wants to rein in on-field profanity among players

The Pats and Jets mixed it up late in Thursday's game. (USATSI)
Well ain't this some sh--, er, stuff.

A week after officials in the Seahawks-Panthers game warned players about excessive profanity targeted at the opposing team, the NFL would like to crack down on the potty-mouthed smack-talking.

On Saturday, VP of officials Dean Blandino told ESPN that officials want to curtail "actions [verbal or otherwise] directed at an opponent."

Blandino said that profanity alone isn't prohibited but noted that when verbal actions are directed at an opponent, it's usually profane. So after a week of games that included plenty of fights and a handful of ejections, expect officials to be a little quicker to call unsportsmanlike conduct penalties when players can control their gum-flapping.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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