Titans running back Jackie Battle was fined for lowering the crown of his helmet in a game against the Texans. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)
The NFL fined Tennesee Titans running back Jackie Battle $21,000 for violating the league's crown of the helmet rule during Sunday’s loss against the Houston Texans, reports Pro Football Talk.
Battle was fined for lowering his helmet into Texans safety Danieal Manning.
Battle is the first NFL running back to be fined under the new league rule banning lowering the crown of the helmet into an opponent.
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The rule states that "it is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box."