The new rule reads exactly like this.
The Rule: As approved by NFL clubs in March, it is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. 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, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.
Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:
1. Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet.
2. Unobstructed path to his opponent.
3. Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options.
Each time the flag is thrown, it’s 15 more yards down the field into FG range and more.
More points on high scoring teams is our Edge. We will be watching for the over / under numbers as this clearly opens the door for more scoring.
We have a great match up for Week One. Much more next week on this game.