So far I have seen too much outrage at the fact that I was worried that yet another Colts lead in the 4th quarter would come to an end as the Colts went 3 and out on their first drive of the 4th quarter and the Texans managed to get a TD after that on a 67 yard drive using just under 2 minutes off the clock, and not too much of it to counter the misconception that is being thrown by some posters here about the hit by Houston Texans safety M.J. Stewart on Anthony Richardson's second touchdown should have been a flag/fine/ejection/whatever.
Section 2, Article 10 of the NFL Rulebook is crystal clear:
SECTION 2 PERSONAL FOULS
ARTICLE 10. IMPERMISSIBLE USE OF THE HELMET. It is a foul if a player:
(a) lowers his head and makes forcible contact with his helmet against an opponent; or47
(b) uses any part of his helmet or facemask to butt or make forcible contact to an opponent’s head or neck area.
These provisions do not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or the helmet in the course of a conventional tackle or block on an opponent.
The defender who hit Richardson was trying to push him out of bounds. Never did he lead with the helmet to do it. It was incidental, and the rulebook even mentions this kind of situation.
Colts QB Anthony Richardson Concussion pic.twitter.com/J6NqvWTcFI— AkWu (@akwuchronicles) September 17, 2023
Meanwhile, Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (coincidentally a former Texan) did get flagged for leading with the helmet on Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Look at the kind of hits that warrant a flag:
Jakobi Meyers injury Kareem Jackson Helmet to Helmet penalty Jakobi Meyers injured Raiders vs Broncos pic.twitter.com/PpGMhD3WQf— Trebornotslar (@Trebornotslar) September 10, 2023
Jackson did it again on Week 2 against the Washington Commanders and also got flagged for it, but this time the referee took it a step further by ejecting the Broncos defender after the play.
DIRTY AF pic.twitter.com/hbr9jhbLfq— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 17, 2023
On both clips it is clear that Jackson lowers his head and delivers a vicious blow with the use of his helmet. Totally different from what Stewart did on Richardson.
So we've seen the kind of hit that urges the referees to throw a flag for improper use of the helmet, which was not the case of the actual Texans safety but instead of the former Texans one. I hope that clears it up. Thanks for reading and goodbye.