In their continuing efforts to make the game of professional football a less dangerous sport for its players, the NFL has enacted a new helmut rule; but like the pass completion rule, it creates more questions than it answers.

Appearing under the unnecessary roughness penalty heading, the rule no longer contains the phrase “violently or unnecessarily” to simply read…

Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8: “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.” 

Like holding, the wording makes it possible for a penalty to be called on nearly every play.

Football is inherently a dangerous game where injuries will occur. While efforts to avoid serious head injuries must be applauded; there comes a point where American football will no longer be recognized as the rough and tumble sport it was originally designed to be as more and more restrictions are placed on players, especially when it comes to defensive play.

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