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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.

2021 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 0.03 Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona180000000000
Atlanta170000000000
Baltimore170000000000
Buffalo180000000000
Carolina170000000000
Chicago170000000000
Cincinnati180000000000
Cleveland170000000000
Dallas180000000000
Denver170000000000
Detroit170000000000
Green Bay170000000000
Houston170000000000
Indianapolis170000000000
Jacksonville170000000000
Kansas City180000000000
Las Vegas180000000000
LA Rams180000000000
LA Chargers170000000000
Miami170000000000
Minnesota170000000000
New England180000000000
New Orleans170000000000
N.Y. Giants170000000000
N.Y. Jets170000000000
Philadelphia1811501000000
Pittsburgh180000000000
San Francisco180000000000
Seattle170000000000
Tampa Bay1800000115001
Tennessee170000000000
Washington170000000000
Totals278115010115001