Roger Goodell on new helmet crown rule Dan Leberfeld

The NFL is implementing a new rule this year, prohibiting players from using the crown of their helmet, as a weapon, outside the tackle box.

“The new rule prohibiting ramming an opponent with the crown of the helmet applies to all offensive and defensive players,” Roger Goodell said. “It is a dangerous technique that can result in a serious neck injury to the player using the crown of the helmet.

“There have to be three components for it to be a penalty – lining up the opponent, lowering the head, and striking with the top crown of the helmet. This rule was approved by our teams only after careful study and discussion with coaches, players, former players and our Competition Committee. We just.”