The National Football League has come up with a detailed explanation of the manner in which definite violations of the newly-introduced helmet regulation are called. The necessity to provide a substantial clarification arose after the Hall of Fame Game had been identified in the wrong way the previous week.
Eventually, the clarification is also addressed to the folks in stripes. From this particular moment, when announcing the penalty, officials shouldn’t mention “the use of a helmet.” The league has found it vague enough. Instead, officials should point that a certain player had the head lowered for initiating contact with the opponent.
By the way, the definite helmet rule violation during the previous week’s sole preseason match was identified by the officials as “evident brutality on a defenseless sportsman.” The case turned out to be a 15-yard personal foul, although it doesn’t necessarily suggest the use of the player’s helmet.