If a ball carrier is caught doing that, the consequence will be a 15-yard penalty.
Running backs — past and present — have voiced their displeasure about the new rule. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte called the rule “absurd” on Sunday via Twitter. Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk also strongly opposed it.
“The proposed rule change for running backs might be the most absurd suggestion of a rule change I’ve ever heard of,” Forte tweeted. “In order to lower ur shoulder u obviously have to lower ur head. It’s a way of protecting ur self from a tackler and a way to break tackles.”
Former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs also took to Twitter to complain, writing: “How the f— can we protect ourselves. They ought to make a rule saying they cant hit us in our legs while we are ingaged with a defender.”