Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact


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.


15 yards. If committed on defense; automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

2020 Stats

By Penalty

Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties commited by position during the 2020 season.

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Defensive Back162349702
Wide Receiver000001
Defensive Line1150100
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