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NFL: Williams ejected as new NFL helmet hit rule makes quick impact

Updated: 09-09-2018 23:24 IST

Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams was ejected for a helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday under the National Football League's new "use of helmet" rule.

Williams lowered his head and made helmet-to-helmet contact with Luck, who was being taken to the ground in a tackle from behind by another player during the first quarter.

Under the new rule, designed in the hope of minimising head and minimizing injuries, officials have the discretion to eject a player for such a hit.

The rule states that a foul occurs if a "player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent anywhere on his body."

Luck did not appear to be injured in the collision.

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