NFL throwback helmets discontinued for player safety

NFL throwback helmets discontinued for player safety
September 18, 2013, 8:15 pm
CSN Staff

By Paul Roumeliotis

The NFL has enforced another rule to increase player safety, but this time, it may scratch some foreheads (literally, but not anymore).

The new rule requires players to wear the same helmet for every game this season. According to the NFL, effective immediately, the rule is being installed because the transition to a different helmets can cause a greater risk of an injury.

As a result, teams planning on using throwback uniforms won't be allowed to wear their throwback helmet to match their uniform. Teams will be obligated to use their regular team helmets with an option of additional logos and face masks.

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The Chicago Bears are the only team to have played in a throwback uniform this year in their contest against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. However, the Bears may be lucky for next year because their current helmet matches their 1940s throwback uniforms. Other teams, however, won't be so fortunate.

On Sept. 29, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were scheduled to wear their throwback uniforms featuring bright orange, red and white colors. With the new rule intact, the Buccaneers ended up cancelling their plan to wear their famous 'Bucco Bruce' helmets.

From here on out, it all depends on how well the current helmets match with the throwback uniforms which could jeopardize teams to suit up in their throwbacks again.