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Football Chop Block

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What is a Chop Block Penalty in Football?

A chop block is a penalty in Football that is called on an offensive player when they block a defensive player, who is engaged with another offensive player, below the thigh. This particular block is called a chop block. The chop block is illegal due to the extreme risk of injury surrounding the move, especially to defensive players and their lower body. In 2012, Houston Texans players Brian Cushing was injured due to a chop block in a game against the New York Jets, which sparked a major debate about chop blocks and the danger they pose to the players. Before the 2016 season, chop blocks were legal under certain circumstances, but are now banned. A 15 yard penalty with be credited against the offending team.

Football Chop Block

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