Referee Jeff Triplette's crew, which worked the Seahawks-Panthers game last week, repeatedly warned players about profanities directed at each other and even flagged the Seattle's K.J. Wright for mouthing a loud obscenity at a Carolina player.
Technically, it was a taunting penalty, but the NFL Competition Committee recommended emphasis on such verbal abuse.
League VP of officiating Dean Blandino conceded Saturday to ESPN that officials want to curtail "actions [verbal or otherwise] directed at an opponent."
Blandino said profanity by itself is not prohibited, but where verbal actions are directed at an opponent, it's usually profane.