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Helmet rule will force changes for Seahawks

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch lowers his helmet against 49ers safety Dashon Goldson. (via NFL Network)

By Brent Stecker

How much will the NFL’s new helmet rule affect the Seattle Seahawks? When it comes to running back Marshawn Lynch, it could be a lot.

As ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard points out in the video below, a signature play pertaining to the new rule (which will penalize offensive players 15 yards for using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field) is Lynch’s run against then-San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson last season. Lynch caught a screen pass and took it into the open field, and rather than opting to go out of bounds, he lowered his head and made full contact with Goldson. It was a memorable play in the Seahawks-49ers rivalry, but next season the same play could have a very different result.

“I wonder, is that a penalty?” Huard says. “By the letter of the law, I think this is going to be a penalty next year. … (The new rule) is going to impact our Seattle Seahawks.”