NEW YORK -- The NFL is modifying how it handles fines for on-field infractions to speed up the appeals process.
The league and NFL Players Association announced Monday that they had agreed on the changes, which stemmed from a conversation between commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith at the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February.
They've added a second appeals officer, with longtime defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell joining Art Shell. And now in certain situations players won't have to pay fines until the appeals process plays out.
Any fines for on-field violations through the 13th week of the season will not be collected in advance if the player appeals within 20 days and makes himself available for a hearing within 10 days of filing the appeal.
Fines for on-field violations starting in the 14th week will be collected in full when the fine is issued.
The changes will take effect this season.