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Hair is fair game for tackling, not for holding

From time to time in recent years, the question has emerged regarding whether players can be tackled by hair hanging out of the back of their helmets.  It is, and always has been, a legal play.

On Sunday, the question arose regarding whether players can be held by the hair, during a punt play in the Cowboys-Eagles game.  Despite a characterization from FOX’s Troy Aikman that it’s fair game, it’s not.

“It is holding if you grab a guy’s hair and restrict him,” the league office told PFT via email.  “You are allowed to tackle a runner by the hair, but can’t hold by the hair.”

So there you have it.  Players can be tackled by the hair, but not held by the hair — in situations, obviously, where holding is otherwise illegal.

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8 Responses to “Hair is fair game for tackling, not for holding”
  1. lorddarkhelmet says: Oct 20, 2013 2:06 PM

    unless of course you are Suh

  2. granadafan says: Oct 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    I don’t know why any offensive player, returners, or defensive players likely to get picks would want to have long cornrow hair. Yeah, it’s the current style, but they’re just asking for it on the field.

  3. funktron2x says: Oct 20, 2013 2:22 PM

    unless your name starts with an S and and ends in an Uh. Then tackling by the hair is illegal.

  4. csilojohnson says: Oct 20, 2013 2:23 PM

    only illegal if they decided to call it.

  5. nfloracle says: Oct 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    Man, Troy looks like he stuck his finger in a live electrical socket in that image. I think that’s the most hair on a human head I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t even need a pillow for his bed.

  6. rgledz says: Oct 20, 2013 3:10 PM

    Granadafan solidifies his position as one of the whitest guys in the world with his “long cornrow hair” comment. I think they’re called dreads, but I might be wrong. Wow.

  7. daysend564 says: Oct 20, 2013 4:10 PM

    Pretty soon, the long hair and braids will be the only way you can tackle

  8. breezysmeezy says: Oct 21, 2013 6:49 AM

    Sounds like the league owes Suh some previously fined money back to him

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