Plenty of NFL players have spoken out against the new rule against lowering the helmet to initiate contact, and it has even contributed to the holdout of Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith. But not all NFL players oppose the rule.
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead said he supports the rule and doesn’t think it will stop him from being a physical player.
“It’s pretty much self-explanatory,” Whitehead told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “You don’t lower your head to initiate contact. At the end of the day, it’s protecting the offensive guy, but most importantly, you’re protecting yourself. We’ve all seen what happened countless times last year where guys lower their head and risk not only injuring the guy…