NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

Use of the Helmet

Rule Summary View Official Rule

USE OF THE HELMET

It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.

Note: The tackle box no longer exists once the ball leaves the tackle box.

Penalty: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

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