Football Roughing the Kicker

What is a Roughing the Kicker Penalty in Football?

Roughing the kicker is a penalty in football that is called on the defensive team when illegal, rough contact is made to a kicker or punter. This penalty is called when there is a risk of injury due to the contact. The primary factor that determines if contact with the kicker or punter constitutes a penalty is where the point of contact is. If the plant leg of the kicker or punter is the primary point of contact, a penalty will be called. Looser contact, such as a bump, will often not be called a penalty. Roughing the kicker is a 15 yard penalty and an automatic 1st down against the defense.


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