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

AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
LA RamsCarolina09/08/19M.ChristianDB1302:131100NoYesNoDefense
Kansas CityJacksonville09/08/19J.ThornhillCB1107:4131815NoNoNoDefense
Kansas CityJacksonville09/08/19A.HitchensMLB1403:0011015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiBaltimore09/08/19B.McCainCB1302:2111015NoNoYesDefense
AtlantaMinnesota09/08/19D.CampbellOLB1301:1511015NoNoNoDefense
AtlantaMinnesota09/08/19K.NealSS1300:531108NoNoNoDefense
DallasN.Y. Giants09/08/19T.PollardRB1407:15280YesNoYesOffense
Tampa BaySan Francisco09/08/19D.StewartSS1403:2211015NoNoYesDefense
OaklandDenver09/09/19J.AbramDB1305:1311014NoNoYesDefense
New EnglandMiami09/15/19D.McCourtyFS2408:2021815NoNoNoDefense
ClevelandN.Y. Jets09/16/19M.WilsonLB2400:103515NoNoNoDefense
CarolinaArizona09/22/19R.CockrellDB3315:0011015NoNoNoDefense
MiamiLA Chargers09/29/19E.RoweCB4106:022515NoNoYesDefense
CincinnatiPittsburgh09/30/19B.WebbCB4411:0211015NoNoNoDefense
JacksonvilleCincinnati10/20/19M.JackOLB7301:4011015NoNoNoDefense
WashingtonMinnesota10/24/19J.MorelandCB8413:103415NoNoNoDefense
N.Y. JetsJacksonville10/27/19J.BurgessLB8406:23281NoNoNoDefense
San FranciscoCarolina10/27/19M.WishnowskyP8212:430015NoNoYesSpecial Teams
TennesseeCarolina11/03/19D.BatesLB9410:230015NoNoNoSpecial Teams
SeattleSan Francisco11/11/19Q.JeffersonDT10304:3711015NoNoNoDefense
DetroitDallas11/17/19W.HarrisDB11200:302515NoNoYesDefense
Tampa BayAtlanta11/24/19A.AdamsFS12403:0611015NoNoNoDefense
DetroitWashington11/24/19W.HarrisDB12310:0311015NoNoNoDefense
SeattlePhiladelphia11/24/19Q.DiggsDB12100:3511015NoNoNoDefense
New OrleansAtlanta11/28/19V.BellSS13103:161100NoYesNoDefense
DetroitMinnesota12/08/19J.TavaiLB14106:041108NoNoNoDefense
DetroitMinnesota12/08/19C.JonesLB14215:00340NoYesNoDefense
Totals2.91.418.7316137
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