What is an inadmissible man in downfield and what is the penalty in the NFL?

THE NFL has gradually evolved into a transient league in recent years.

But with long finishes and big plays come many penalties.

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Such a penalty is for an ineligible man in the field, which can be a confusing rule.

There are a number of ways an offensive player can be considered ineligible to receive a pass in the NFL.

By definition, anyone wearing a shirt number from 50 to 79 is considered ineligible.

Unless they have signaled to the referee before a game that they want to be eligible to play and take a suitable position.

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They must then be in a position at the end of the line of scrimmage or in the backfield.

Any player not at either end of the offensive line or at least one yard behind the line of scrimmage is ineligible.

If an illegal receiver moves down the field, a penalty flag will be thrown.

This results in a five-yard penalty on offense and a replay of the down.

Offensive linemen are only allowed to drop one yard while blocking or in pass protection.

It is up to the player to check with the referee whether or not he is entitled to receive a pass before the ball is caught.

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