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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.

2020 Stats

Penalty Log

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AgainstBeneficiaryDatePlayerPosRef CrewWeekQuarterTimeDownDistanceYardageDeclinedOffsettingHomePhase
ChicagoDetroit09/13/20K.FullerCBAlex Kemp1108:5321015NoNoNoDefense
Green BayMinnesota09/13/20D.SavageSSBill Vinovich1200:0711015NoNoNoDefense
WashingtonPhiladelphia09/13/20T.ApkeDBBrad Rogers1209:2121015NoNoYesDefense
LA ChargersCincinnati09/13/20K.AllenWRClay Martin1404:402110NoYesNoOffense
CincinnatiLA Chargers09/13/20J.BatesDBClay Martin1404:402110NoYesYesDefense
ClevelandCincinnati09/17/20A.SendejoDBShawn Smith2305:4511015NoNoYesDefense
DallasAtlanta09/20/20J.SmithLBBrad Rogers2209:2711015NoNoYesDefense
IndianapolisMinnesota09/20/20M.HookerDBAlex Kemp2205:29270NoYesYesDefense
Las VegasBuffalo10/04/20J.JacobsRBLand Clark4405:491100NoYesYesOffense
LA RamsWashington10/11/20J.RamseyCBShawn Smith5202:213115NoNoNoDefense
MinnesotaAtlanta10/18/20J.GladneyCBCraig Wrolstad6209:4921315NoNoYesDefense
N.Y. GiantsPhiladelphia10/22/20C.BallentineCBAdrian Hill7402:094715NoNoNoSpecial Teams
ClevelandCincinnati10/25/20V.TaylorDTTony Corrente7103:452915NoNoNoDefense
HoustonGreen Bay10/25/20Ju.ReidSSClay Martin7112:342515NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvilleLA Chargers10/25/20J.JonesSSClete Blakeman7211:062815NoNoNoDefense
N.Y. GiantsTampa Bay11/02/20I.YiadomCBBrad Rogers8409:421109NoNoYesDefense
Green BaySan Francisco11/05/20S.SamuelsDBBill Vinovich9400:5311015NoNoNoDefense
IndianapolisBaltimore11/08/20J.BlackmonDBAdrian Hill9208:2921015NoNoYesDefense
MinnesotaDetroit11/08/20H.SmithSSClete Blakeman9306:1111015NoNoYesDefense
ArizonaMiami11/08/20B.BakerSSCarl Cheffers9413:3911015NoNoYesDefense
WashingtonDetroit11/15/20K.Pierre-LouisLBAlex Kemp10103:2021015NoNoNoDefense
BaltimoreNew England11/15/20D.ElliottDBShawn Hochuli10214:5411015NoNoNoDefense
New EnglandBaltimore11/15/20T.HallLBShawn Hochuli10206:571109NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvillePittsburgh11/22/20M.JackLBScott Novak11209:4911015NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvillePittsburgh11/22/20J.ScottCBScott Novak11407:063815NoNoYesDefense
Las VegasAtlanta11/29/20J.JacobsRBLand Clark12106:252515NoNoNoOffense
ClevelandJacksonville11/29/20O.VernonDEJerome Boger12403:4341012NoNoNoDefense
ArizonaNew England11/29/20I.SimmonsLBBill Vinovich12100:502715NoNoNoDefense
MinnesotaTampa Bay12/13/20H.SmithSSBrad Allen14201:11369NoNoNoDefense
IndianapolisLas Vegas12/13/20T.WilsonSSClete Blakeman14402:2211015NoNoNoDefense
Las VegasLA Chargers12/17/20N.KwiatkoskiLBJohn Hussey15502:19121NoNoYesDefense
Green BayCarolina12/19/20K.KingCBAlex Kemp15211:4312015NoNoYesDefense
AtlantaTampa Bay12/20/20T.HallCBBrad Rogers15414:464160NoYesYesSpecial Teams
DallasSan Francisco12/20/20D.WilsonSSLand Clark15312:512915NoNoYesDefense
ChicagoJacksonville12/27/20X.CrawfordCBJerome Boger16309:140015NoNoNoSpecial Teams
Kansas CityLA Chargers01/03/21J.ThornhillDBClete Blakeman17200:562615NoNoYesDefense
JacksonvilleIndianapolis01/03/21J.WilsonSSShawn Smith17407:5121015NoNoNoDefense
ArizonaLA Rams01/03/21I.SimmonsLBCarl Cheffers17309:502110NoYesNoDefense
Tampa BayNew Orleans01/17/21J.WhiteheadSSShawn Hochuli19112:452107NoNoNoDefense
Tampa BayGreen Bay01/24/21C.DavisCBClete Blakeman20301:39293NoNoNoDefense
Totals2.651.829.044550620