Well, you don’t see this every day, especially in today’s NFL.


Three years ago, the NFL implemented a new rule which stated that when a ball carrier's helmet comes off, the play is immediately ruled dead. But there's no rules regarding defensive player's helmets coming off.


Late in the second quarter in a game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, Denver Broncos second-year linebacker Steven Johnson lost his helmet on a special teams coverage play. Undaunted, Johnson continued playing and made the tackle.

VIDEO and GIF: Broncos Linebacker Makes a Tackle Without his Helmet

By Jon Heath

Credit CBS Sports


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Assisted by tight end Jacob Tamme and linebacker Nate Irving on the tackle,
Johnson arrived in style.

Johnson, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent last April, finished the game with two tackles on defense. On the roster bubble in Denver, his effort in this play may have impressed the team's coaching staff enough for them to keep him around when cut day rolls around on Saturday, Aug. 31 (when teams must trim their rosters to 53 players.


The Broncos went on to win the game, 27-26.

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