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.
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Down 0 (Zero) are penalties on plays that didn't have a "Down", such as kickoffs and extra point attempts.
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