NFL Video Rulebook Clipping

Rule 3 Section 6

Rule Summary View Official Rule


Clipping is blocking an opponent from behind below the waist, provided the opponent is not a runner. It is not clipping if an opponent turns his back as the block is delivered or about to be delivered.


(1)  It is clipping (including in close line play) if an offensive player’s block (legal or illegal) is followed by the blocker rolling up on the side or back of the legs of the defender.

(2) See 12-2-1 for additional interpretations or restrictions concerning clipping in close-line play.