NFL teams can’t wear footballs after players’ injuries
NFL teams have had to wear football helmets since at least the 1980s, but that has largely been due to the popularity of helmets worn by professional football players.
Last season, the NFL suspended players for wearing footballs that didn’t meet safety standards and the league fined teams up to $250,000.
The league says it’s concerned that players could fall asleep while wearing the pads.
The new rule, which goes into effect on Friday, doesn’t change any of that, however.
The NFLPA is concerned that the new rule would make it harder for players to sleep during the game.
The association says players who don’t wear a helmet would be “failing to be properly protected by the safety equipment they are wearing.”
So far, the league hasn’t issued any punishments, but the league says fines will be reduced.
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