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

Penalty Log

AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
JacksonvilleNew England09/16/18T.SmithOLB2204:142511NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvilleTennessee09/23/18M.JacksonDT3106:4031915NoNoYesDefense
MinnesotaBuffalo09/23/18L.JosephDT3114:183415NoNoYesDefense
N.Y. JetsMinnesota10/21/18D.MiddletonS7114:5511015NoNoYesDefense
LA RamsKansas City11/19/18T.HillCB11403:0511010NoNoYesDefense
BaltimoreAtlanta12/02/18M.HumphreyDB13206:563815NoNoNoDefense
IndianapolisJacksonville12/02/18M.AdamsLB13106:5711015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiBuffalo12/02/18K.AlonsoLB13301:4811015NoNoYesDefense
AtlantaGreen Bay12/09/18D.KazeeCB14314:5411015NoNoNoDefense
BaltimoreKansas City12/09/18M.HumphreyDB14214:1121015NoNoNoDefense
New OrleansTampa Bay12/09/18D.DavisLB14202:2211015NoNoNoDefense
DallasPhiladelphia12/09/18E.ElliottRB14411:3221115NoNoYesOffense
ClevelandDenver12/15/18J.CollinsOLB15108:1121015NoNoNoDefense
PhiladelphiaHouston12/23/18T.SullivanS16201:5811015NoNoYesDefense
ArizonaLA Rams12/23/18T.BostonFS16106:272415NoNoYesDefense
LA RamsSan Francisco12/30/18S.EbukamLB17311:472615NoNoYesDefense
Totals2.061.769.192310010
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