Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact

Definition

It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The rule applies to all players on the field at all times, and contact does not have to be to an opponent's head or neck area; lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent's torso, hips or lower body is also a penalty.

Outcome

15 yards. If committed on defense; automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

2018 Stats

By Player

Games are team games. It does not account for games the specific player in question missed, or was otherwise not on the team.

NameTeamPosGamesCountCount/GameYardsYards/GameHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
T.SmithJacksonvilleOLB1610.06110.691000
M.JacksonJacksonvilleDT1610.06150.941000
L.JosephMinnesotaDT1610.06150.941000
D.MiddletonN.Y. JetsS1610.06150.941000
T.HillLA RamsCB1910.05100.531000
M.HumphreyBaltimoreDB1720.12301.760200
M.AdamsIndianapolisLB1810.06150.830100
K.AlonsoMiamiLB1610.06150.941000
D.KazeeAtlantaCB1610.06150.940100
D.DavisNew OrleansLB1810.06150.830100
E.ElliottDallasRB1810.06150.831000
J.CollinsClevelandOLB1610.06150.940100
T.SullivanPhiladelphiaS1810.06150.831000
T.BostonArizonaFS1610.06150.941000
S.EbukamLA RamsLB1910.05150.791000
Totals2551623110600
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