Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the NFL is “on the verge” of allowing personal foul penalties to be reviewable for the 2015 season.
According to Rapoport, this is on the agenda for the NFL rules committee to consider next year. The idea was proposed by the Redskins during the offseason and ultimately came up four votes short of passing.
Rapoport adds that they now expect to have the required number of votes to pass the measure next year.
As long as the league keeps the number of challenges each team has the same, it wouldn’t impact the length of NFL games. Given that personal foul penalties hand out automatic first downs and 15 yards, it makes sense that teams would be allowed to challenge such a big call that could determine the outcome of a game.
You could make the case that everything in the NFL should be capable of being challenged, but change is slow, so it’s at least somewhat encouraging that the league is consider more changes.