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.

2020 Stats

Penalty Log

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AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
ChicagoDetroit09/13/20K.FullerCB1108:5321015NoNoNoDefense
Green BayMinnesota09/13/20D.SavageSS1200:0711015NoNoNoDefense
WashingtonPhiladelphia09/13/20T.ApkeDB1209:2121015NoNoYesDefense
LA ChargersCincinnati09/13/20K.AllenWR1404:402110NoYesNoOffense
CincinnatiLA Chargers09/13/20J.BatesDB1404:402110NoYesYesDefense
ClevelandCincinnati09/17/20A.SendejoDB2305:4511015NoNoYesDefense
DallasAtlanta09/20/20J.SmithLB2209:2711015NoNoYesDefense
IndianapolisMinnesota09/20/20M.HookerDB2205:29270NoYesYesDefense
Las VegasBuffalo10/04/20J.JacobsRB4405:491100NoYesYesOffense
LA RamsWashington10/11/20J.RamseyCB5202:213115NoNoNoDefense
MinnesotaAtlanta10/18/20J.GladneyCB6209:4921315NoNoYesDefense
N.Y. GiantsPhiladelphia10/22/20C.BallentineCB7402:094715NoNoNoOffense
ClevelandCincinnati10/25/20V.TaylorDT7103:452915NoNoNoDefense
HoustonGreen Bay10/25/20Ju.ReidSS7112:342515NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvilleLA Chargers10/25/20J.JonesSS7211:062815NoNoNoDefense
N.Y. GiantsTampa Bay11/02/20I.YiadomCB8409:421109NoNoYesDefense
Green BaySan Francisco11/05/20S.SamuelsDB9400:5311015NoNoNoDefense
IndianapolisBaltimore11/08/20J.BlackmonDB9208:2921015NoNoYesDefense
MinnesotaDetroit11/08/20H.SmithSS9306:1111015NoNoYesDefense
ArizonaMiami11/08/20B.BakerSS9413:3911015NoNoYesDefense
WashingtonDetroit11/15/20K.Pierre-LouisLB10103:2021015NoNoNoDefense
BaltimoreNew England11/15/20D.ElliottDB10214:5411015NoNoNoDefense
New EnglandBaltimore11/15/20T.HallLB10206:571109NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvillePittsburgh11/22/20M.JackLB11209:4911015NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvillePittsburgh11/22/20J.ScottCB11407:063815NoNoYesDefense
Totals2.561.739.193030415
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