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 Penalty

Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties commited by position during the 2018 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Linebacker6863300
Defensive Line2302000
Defensive Back71004300
Runningback1151000
Totals1623110600
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