NFL slices overtime period by one third

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09: The NFL shield logo on the goal post pad at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Citing player safety, NFL owners have shortened the overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes for the 2017 season.

The change was made Tuesday at the spring meeting in Chicago. The NFL network said the league was concerned about teams playing 15 minutes, especially when they play a game on a short week, the following week.

The NFL said there were 83 overtime games in the last five seasons. 22 of those went past the 10 minute mark. The rule change is for preseason and regular season games.

The Saints played two overtime games in 2015, defeating the Cowboys, and falling to the Titans. Both games were played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.