Football Illegal Wedge

What is an Illegal Wedge Penalty in Football?

An illegal wedge is a penalty in Football that is called on a team when two or more players form a wedge block, an illegal block. A wedge block is when two or more players line up shoulder to shoulder less than two yards apart and interlock arms or hold hands to form a line of blocking. Wedge blocks were most often used to protect the returner during kickoffs, but the formation was banned in 2009 to prevent injuries related to the wedge. An illegal wedge penalty results in a 15 yard loss for the offending team.


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