With player safety and concussion concerns being among the top of league priorities, the NFL has passed a rule that will no longer allow running backs (or ball-carriers) to lower the their crowns in space, using it as a weapon against their opponents.
While not enforceable in goal-line or most short-yardage situations, the rule will penalize teams 15 yards if one of their players lowers their helmet into a would-be defender when both players are outside of the tackle box.
“I didn’t use my head,” Former Browns running back Jim Brown said on Monday. “I used my forearm. The palm of my hand. And my shoulder. And my shoulder pads. I wasn’t putting my head into too much of anything. I don’t think that’s a good idea. At least, it doesn’t sound like a good idea to me.”