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.