As part of the NFL’s ongoing effort to protect players from themselves, the league has considered requiring all players to wear knee pads and thigh pads. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that the measure has been tabled for 2011.
The rule could be implemented in 2012.
“We will continue to evaluate for upcoming years,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Marvez via e-mail on Tuesday.
Marvez points out that the league made knee, hip, and thigh pads voluntary in 1995. Mouthguards likewise are not mandatory.