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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.

2019 Stats

Penalty Log

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AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosRef CrewWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
LA RamsCarolina09/08/19M.ChristianDBShawn Hochuli1302:131100NoYesNoDefense
Kansas CityJacksonville09/08/19J.ThornhillDBCarl Cheffers1107:4131815NoNoNoDefense
Kansas CityJacksonville09/08/19A.HitchensLBCarl Cheffers1403:0011015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiBaltimore09/08/19B.McCainDBJerome Boger1302:2111015NoNoYesDefense
AtlantaMinnesota09/08/19D.CampbellOLBBill Vinovich1301:1511015NoNoNoDefense
AtlantaMinnesota09/08/19K.NealDBBill Vinovich1300:531108NoNoNoDefense
DallasN.Y. Giants09/08/19T.PollardRBWalt Anderson1407:15280YesNoYesOffense
Tampa BaySan Francisco09/08/19D.StewartSSAlex Kemp1403:2211015NoNoYesDefense
OaklandDenver09/09/19J.AbramDBCraig Wrolstad1305:1311014NoNoYesDefense
New EnglandMiami09/15/19D.McCourtyDBBill Vinovich2408:2021815NoNoNoDefense
ClevelandN.Y. Jets09/16/19M.WilsonLBAlex Kemp2400:103515NoNoNoDefense
CarolinaArizona09/22/19R.CockrellDBCraig Wrolstad3315:0011015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiLA Chargers09/29/19E.RoweDBTony Corrente4106:022515NoNoYesDefense
CincinnatiPittsburgh09/30/19B.WebbCBBill Vinovich4411:0211015NoNoNoDefense
JacksonvilleCincinnati10/20/19M.JackLBCraig Wrolstad7301:4011015NoNoNoDefense
WashingtonMinnesota10/24/19J.MorelandCBCarl Cheffers8413:103415NoNoNoDefense
N.Y. JetsJacksonville10/27/19J.BurgessOLBBrad Allen8406:23281NoNoNoDefense
San FranciscoCarolina10/27/19M.WishnowskyPShawn Smith8212:430015NoNoYesSpecial Teams
TennesseeCarolina11/03/19D.BatesLBRon Torbert9410:230015NoNoNoSpecial Teams
SeattleSan Francisco11/11/19Q.JeffersonDTAlex Kemp10304:3711015NoNoNoDefense
DetroitDallas11/17/19W.HarrisDBTony Corrente11200:302515NoNoYesDefense
Tampa BayAtlanta11/24/19A.AdamsDBClay Martin12403:0611015NoNoNoDefense
DetroitWashington11/24/19W.HarrisDBBill Vinovich12310:0311015NoNoNoDefense
SeattlePhiladelphia11/24/19Q.DiggsDBWalt Anderson12100:3511015NoNoNoDefense
New OrleansAtlanta11/28/19V.BellSSShawn Smith13103:161100NoYesNoDefense
DetroitMinnesota12/08/19J.TavaiLBWalt Anderson14106:041108NoNoNoDefense
DetroitMinnesota12/08/19C.JonesLBWalt Anderson14215:00340NoYesNoDefense
New OrleansCarolina12/29/19P.WilliamsCBRon Torbert17315:000015NoNoNoSpecial Teams
Kansas CityLA Chargers12/29/19A.WattsDBWalt Anderson17303:1811015NoNoYesDefense
Tampa BayAtlanta12/29/19A.AdamsDBCarl Cheffers17205:5621010NoNoYesDefense
LA RamsArizona12/29/19T.RappDBJerome Boger17306:5811015NoNoYesDefense
Totals2.871.368.553711310