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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

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AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosRef CrewWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
JacksonvilleNew England09/16/18T.SmithOLBCarl Cheffers2204:142511NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvilleTennessee09/23/18M.JacksonDTShawn Smith3106:4031915NoNoYesDefense
MinnesotaBuffalo09/23/18L.JosephDTAlex Kemp3114:183415NoNoYesDefense
N.Y. JetsMinnesota10/21/18D.MiddletonSAFShawn Smith7114:5511015NoNoYesDefense
LA RamsKansas City11/19/18T.HillCBClete Blakeman11403:0511010NoNoYesDefense
BaltimoreAtlanta12/02/18M.HumphreyCBBrad Allen13206:563815NoNoNoDefense
IndianapolisJacksonville12/02/18M.AdamsLBAlex Kemp13106:5711015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiBuffalo12/02/18K.AlonsoLBShawn Hochuli13301:4811015NoNoYesDefense
AtlantaGreen Bay12/09/18D.KazeeSSWalt Coleman14314:5411015NoNoNoDefense
BaltimoreKansas City12/09/18M.HumphreyCBTony Corrente14214:1121015NoNoNoDefense
New OrleansTampa Bay12/09/18D.DavisLBJerome Boger14202:2211015NoNoNoDefense
DallasPhiladelphia12/09/18E.ElliottRBClete Blakeman14411:3221115NoNoYesOffense
ClevelandDenver12/15/18J.CollinsOLBClay Martin15108:1121015NoNoNoDefense
PhiladelphiaHouston12/23/18T.SullivanDBJohn Parry16201:5811015NoNoYesDefense
ArizonaLA Rams12/23/18T.BostonFSWalt Coleman16106:272415NoNoYesDefense
LA RamsSan Francisco12/30/18S.EbukamLBJerome Boger17311:472615NoNoYesDefense
Totals2.061.769.192310010