NFL rule change prohibits players from leading with crown of helmet

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NEW YORK (WITI) — NFL owners passed a rule on Wednesday, March 20th that will prohibit offensive players from initiating contact with defensive players with the crown of their helmets outside of the tackle box.

If players violate the new rule, there will be a 15-yard penalty.

If the offensive and defensive player each lowers his head and uses the crown of the helmet to make contact, each will be penalized.

The owners discussed using fines on ball carriers to eliminate the tactic. Instead, they voted to make the rule change.