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Predicting the players who could fall victim to automatic-ejection rule

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Proposed ejection rule hot topic at league meetings (2:02)

Ed Werder details the latest news on the proposed rule change that would result in ejections for players who committed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the course of the game. (2:02)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell proposal that would require automatic ejections for players who commit multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game was approved Wednesday at the owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. Here are a few players who could fall victim to the ejection rule:

Buffalo Bills: Jerry Hughes. He’s the most obvious candidate. He had 14 penalties last season, double of any other player on the team. Hughes also led the Bills in penalties in 2014 with 13 and has shown a propensity to pick up unnecessary flags for roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct and the like. Coach Rex Ryan has acknowledged that Hughes needs to keep his cool and be smarter on the field. -- Mike Rodak

Cincinnati Bengals: Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones. The Bengals repeatedly have said this offseason they’ve learned from the personal fouls Burfict and Jones received late in January’s wild-card round loss to Pittsburgh. That remains to be seen, but the two players go into 2016 knowing they’ll have big targets on their backs. At times this offseason, Jones and Burfict have jokingly referred to themselves as “America’s most wanted.” Because of the multiple player-safety violations he’s had in his career and because of the line-toeing intensity with which he plays, Burfict could be a victim of Goodell’s proposal. -- Coley Harvey

Denver Broncos: Aqib Talib. He was flagged three times in the team’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and would have been on the edge of ejection. Talib, fined $26,044 for two of the penalties, was flagged for taunting with 4 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He was flagged for another 15-yard penalty with less than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter when he grabbed the face mask of Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown and hung on as he twisted Brown to the ground. Talib said after the game about holding onto Brown’s face mask intentionally, “One, I just did it on purpose and I just had to show him." Talib also was suspended for one game this past season after jabbing his fingers into Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen’s helmet, poking Allen in the eye. Talib was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play and four plays later, he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for yelling at an official. -- Jeff Legwold

New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. He is the obvious one, since I think this rule proposal grew out of the Carolina game for which he was suspended. The fouls for which he was called in the game would not have resulted in ejection under the new rule, but some of the stuff he did that wasn't called might have. -- Dan Graziano

Oakland Raiders: Donald Penn. The recently re-signed left tackle is officially on notice -- even if he is not seen as one of the dirtier players in the game. The reason? Last season, in a white-knuckle Week 7 victory over San Diego, Penn nearly cost the Raiders with not one, not two, but three personal fouls against the Chargers. But he was not the only one: right tackle Austin Howard had two in the season opener. -- Paul Gutierrez

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ramon Foster. He loves to mix it up with the Bengals. He seems to get at least one personal-foul penalty when they play. The Bengals like to goad the Steelers with after-the-whistle hits. Sometimes Foster engages them with a few blows of his own. That could get him in trouble this season. -- Jeremy Fowler

San Francisco 49ers: Ahmad Brooks. The first name to come to mind for these purposes was the outside linebacker, who was somewhat of a surprise to make the Niners with his off-the-field travails. And sure enough, Brooks got after it early last season, racking up two personal fouls in a Week 2 blowout loss in Pittsburgh. His presence this season is again a question mark. -- Paul Gutierrez