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Rams featured on Hard Knocks, to play in China

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NFL clearly is looking to cast a massive spotlight on the Rams.

It apparently wasn't enough that the league ushered the Rams out of St. Louis to return to Los Angeles.

Now, it is featuring them in this year's edition of the HBO series Hard Knocks, which will follow them through training camp and the preseason.

The NFL also has chosen the Rams as the first team to play a regular-season game in China in 2018.

The two developments were among the highlights from the league meeting that concluded Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said he was "fine" with the Rams or any other team being considered for Hard Knocks, clearly expressing that he did not want his team to be selected. As coach of the New York Jets, Ryan was the star of one of the more popular editions of the series, but has since indicated that it wasn't one of his favorite experiences.

NFL owners also voted, on a one-year experimental basis, to have players ejected after drawing two unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, and for the ball placement to move from the 20- to 25-yard line after touchbacks.

The Bills' proposal to allow coaches to challenge all plays was rejected.

However, the NFL did approve their proposal to change the injured-reserve rule that gives teams more flexibility with which players to return to the active roster. Previously, teams could only operate within the framework of when a player was placed on IR rather than being able to pick any player on IR, as the Bills proposed.

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