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Rule change when a players helment comes off.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/news/story?id=5475506

I was reading this story an L Blount fighting at TC, but I was suprised about the statement that there is a new NFL rule that stops a play when a players helmet comes off.

Does anyone have further carification on this. This could be interesting in scenerios when a player not involved with the ball such as a linemans helmet comes off, also in the MNF game when Eli's helment was knocked off did the paly continue only bc he fumbled the ball?

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That's what I was wondering when the third Ravens Helmet came off the other night.

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That would really suck if something like this negated an otherwise successful play.

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if i remember I think they said that if you helmet comes off. when you are in possession of the ball when his helmet comes off the play is blown dead.

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It happened, like, three times during last weeks game. I saw Ravens Helmets flying all over the place.

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So defenses will now try to rip the helmets off during the game..great rule.

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It only applies when the ball carriers helmet comes off.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/08/18/helmets/index.html

Thanks for the clarification, this really would suck if a players helmet pops off as he breaks through the line and the play is called dead but he would have had a clear path to the end zone.

I hope all WRs RBs QBs strap up the chin straps from now on

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That guy needs to stop punching defensive ends.

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I don't like that rule.

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Bad rule. A few years ago Witten had his helmet blown off but broke the tackle and kept on gaining a huge chunk of yards.

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If the player wants to be a silly sissy man let him take a knee, otherwise leave if up to them if they wanna take the risk.

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