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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
Arizona110000000000
Atlanta110000000000
Baltimore110000000000
Buffalo110000000000
Carolina120000000000
Chicago110000000000
Cincinnati110000000000
Cleveland120000000000
Dallas120000000000
Denver110000000000
Detroit110000000000
Green Bay120000000000
Houston110000000000
Indianapolis120000000000
Jacksonville110000000000
Kansas City110000000000
Las Vegas110000000000
LA Rams110000000000
LA Chargers110000000000
Miami120000000000
Minnesota110000000000
New England120000000000
New Orleans120000000000
N.Y. Giants110000000000
N.Y. Jets110000000000
Philadelphia1211501000000
Pittsburgh110000000000
San Francisco110000000000
Seattle110000000000
Tampa Bay1100000115001
Tennessee120000000000
Washington110000000000
Totals181115010115001