Allen Park — In an attempt to improve the safety of the game and reduce the number of concussions suffered by players, the NFL approved a new rule this offseason that prohibits players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact.
The infraction will result in a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection.
Many players railed against the rule when it was announced in March, but Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, one of the team’s most physical hitters, appreciates the reasoning behind the change.
“It’s definitely something that’s going to take care of us as players and it’s going to make you a more of a fundamentally sound player as well,” Davis said. “It’s something you have to continue to practice, you have to continue to work on every single day, because when you get tired, that’s when you go back to those bad habits. that’s when you really risk injury — hurting yourself, hurting other players. So I think it’s a good rule to help to take care of everybody in the game.”
Davis missed two games with a concussion last season after he was blocked from behind by Giants receiver Odell Beckham, causing the linebacker to collide headfirst with running back Paul Perkins.