NFL Video Rulebook Illegal Peel Back Block

Rule 12 Section 2 Article 2

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An offensive player cannot initiate contact on the side and below the waist against an opponent if:

  1. the blocker is moving toward his own end line; and
  2. he approaches the opponent from behind or from the side.

Note: If the near shoulder of the blocker contacts the front of his opponent’s body, the “peel back” block is legal.

Penalty: For illegal “peel back” block: Loss of 15 yards.