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Everyone's Freaking Out About This Penalty Call

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NFL regular season kicks off in just over a week and a half. With that short time-frame in mind, NFL fans are worried about a new penalty being called during the preseason that could have a significant impact on regular season games.

In the name of player safety, the NFL is cracking down on players lowering their helmets to initiate contact. The preseason has been full of these calls, and not all of them are playing well with fans.

Saturday afternoon saw one of those such calls. During a game between the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs, a Chiefs defender sacked Bears backup quarterback Chase Daniel.

Tanoh Kpassagnon received a penalty for this hit.

Fans watching the game reacted in kind, asking where the penalty was. It's hard to tell. The defender lowers his helmet, but hits Daniel with his shoulder.

The regular season should be interesting if these kinds of penalties are called with regularity.