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Owners drop hip pads from proposal

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As of Monday, NFL owners had planned to vote Tuesday on whether to make knee, thigh, and hip pads mandatory for all players as of 2013.

Possibly due to an intention by the NFLPA to challenge any changes made beyond the confines of collective bargaining, the owners have now dropped hip pads from the proposal, according to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal.

And so it will be only knee and thigh pads when the owners vote today.

It’s unclear — but unlikely — whether the change reflects a compromise with the union, given that the NFL and NFLPA have slid back into their can’t-agree-about-anything mode.

Except when it comes to stripping $46 million in cap space from the Redskins and Cowboys.

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27 Responses to “Owners drop hip pads from proposal”
  1. skippynj says: May 22, 2012 9:21 AM

    They should strap those hip pads to the outside of their helmets and, voila! No more concussions! N’est pas?

  2. cleverbob says: May 22, 2012 9:22 AM

    Good to know the players are so concerned about their own safety and well being…

  3. mybrunoblog says: May 22, 2012 9:29 AM

    The NFLPA seems to be a pretty poorly run union.
    Trying to fight the proposed hip pads rule was dumb. Just put the stupid knee, thigh and hip pads in and play football!

  4. cereal blogger says: May 22, 2012 9:43 AM

    Is this all in the name of looking cool ? Come on people,,,you see what this game does to your body, protect yourself

  5. millertime30 says: May 22, 2012 9:46 AM

    this is interesting. ex players suing league for not stressing safety enough.

    league tries to up safety measures within the game, and get fought by the players all the way.

    where was this push back when the league ruined kickoffs/returns last year?

  6. txxxchief says: May 22, 2012 9:46 AM

    The league gave up on the hip pads in exchange for the use of maxi-pads on the helmets to reduce concussions.

  7. lucky5934 says: May 22, 2012 9:48 AM

    Bo Jackson thinks that is a bad idea…

  8. medtxpack says: May 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    always love a good Cowboys or Redskins jab….

  9. kidpresentable says: May 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    It’s all politics. It’s like when the GOP recently tried to push through a budget knowing it wouldn’t get past the Senate or President. This way, they can get it on record that Democrat X voted against $7 trillion in tax cuts and voted against funding our troops or whatever else they put in the bill.

    When the NFLPA puts up a stink against mandatory padding, and the players try suing the league for not protecting them from injury, the league can say we tried here, here, and here to protect players and they fought against it.

  10. len462 says: May 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    The NFLPA should get more people involved in it that aren’t ex-players. The current guys seem to have some sort of brain damage…

  11. ravens26 says: May 22, 2012 10:20 AM

    Goodell once again got the players where he wants them. NFL: We want to protect you. Players: We don’t need your protection. Judge: Rules in favor of NFL.

    Players union needs to get with the game !!!

  12. erod22 says: May 22, 2012 10:21 AM

    So players don’t want to wear all the available padding because it doesn’t look cool.

    But they want the league to pay their medical expenses after their playing days.

    Einsteins, I tell ya.

  13. kappy32 says: May 22, 2012 10:24 AM

    Weren’t unions founded & organized to represent the workers to fight for “safer work conditions?” Yeah, I believe so. I would believe that hip pads fall into the category of safer work conditions. I guess looking “fresh” & showing “swag” has taken precedent over player safety. Next thing you know, dozens of retired players will sue the NFL when they need hip replacements.

  14. marvsleezy says: May 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    Its not about looking cool, its about speed.

    Also, hip pads dont prevent serious injuries.

    ALSO, you look cooler WITH all the pads not without.

  15. mikea311 says: May 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    mybrunoblog says: May 22, 2012 9:29 AM

    The NFLPA seems to be a pretty poorly run union.
    Trying to fight the proposed hip pads rule was dumb. Just put the stupid knee, thigh and hip pads in and play football!

    —————-

    that’s funny, im not aware of any well run union.

  16. machetemouth says: May 22, 2012 10:53 AM

    players choose not to wear them for speed/range of motion advantages and also to provide a smoother and more difficult target to get a grip on if theyre ever carrying the ball…it is not to “look cool”…every advantage can equate to more $$$ thats why it’s done

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: May 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    Been telling you guys for years that cool looking beats safety any day for these guys. Same reason people still wear the old helment with the cool mike vick facemask/dark visor.

  18. cleverbob says: May 22, 2012 11:22 AM

    I’m curious how much, if any, impact there is to a player’s football speed from wearing all their pads. Also, I’m sure they have access to much more advanced equipment than the big, foamy pads I had to use way back when.

  19. texx95 says: May 22, 2012 11:30 AM

    Never fails..someone always has to make a dumb comment about speed. ITS NOT AN ISSUE!!! Everyone has to where the pads, thus EVERYONE’S speed changes. If speed is your argument, why don’t they just play in their jocks? They’ll be super-duper fast then.

  20. erod22 says: May 22, 2012 11:39 AM

    If it’s about speed how do Adrian Peterson, and Chris Johnson run so fast with thigh and hip pads?

    How did Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders,………?

  21. timentideblog says: May 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    These players refuse to pad themselves to avoid injurys. How does a 1.oz hippad slow a player down? It doesnt. What happens when the NFLPA refuses to wear helmits? The NFLPA along with the NFL are getting very silly and not worth the price to watch.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: May 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    Negotiations failed at one point, when NFL reps put their hands over their ears, and danced around chanting,

    “Knee pad is connected to the thigh pad, thigh pad is connected to the hip pad, hips pads connected to the jockstrap…..
    dem pads, dem pads, you gots to use dem goldarn pads….”.

  23. sportsmeccabi says: May 22, 2012 11:44 AM

    I think the players should have to wear whatever padding the owners want. The players are being paid a ton to perform and the owners want to protect their investment. If a guy has to miss 3 weeks because of a hip pointer, that lessens the quality of the product and thus costs everyone money. If you wear a hip pad, those injuries happen less often. The owners are being very reasonable if you ask me.

  24. ezmagic says: May 22, 2012 11:56 AM

    What’s wrong with wearing hip pads? I wore them in HS and they never really bothered me. NFL players are such divas… I bet Bo Jackson wishes he wore hip pads.

  25. jgedgar70 says: May 22, 2012 11:56 AM

    texx95 says:
    May 22, 2012 11:30 AM
    Never fails..someone always has to make a dumb comment about speed. ITS NOT AN ISSUE!!! Everyone has to where the pads, thus EVERYONE’S speed changes. If speed is your argument, why don’t they just play in their jocks? They’ll be super-duper fast then.
    _____

    You’re assuming all the players wear jocks. Not all of them do, particularly in high school. There was a write-up about it here in Charlotte a couple years back. A number of high school players said wearing jocks & cups slowed them down too much and so they started wearing spandex shorts instead. So yes, it usually is about speed.

    Football players are acting like everyone else in society – wanting to maximize immediate benefits, then later, if those choices have harmful consequences, blame others and expect others to fix it. Personal responsibility doesn’t mean much of anything to anyone anymore.

  26. anpsteel says: May 22, 2012 12:04 PM

    Boy oh boy, the player’s union is failing here.

    The league wants you to wear pads for your own protection, and the NFLPA – says no?

    I can see the Head Trauma court case now-

    NFL: well your honor, we tried to get them to make changes, for their own benefit- but the players were not willing to make those changes, despite our best efforts.

    As evidence, we’ve tried to get the players to wear additional padding on their bodies, but they have resisted, and even voted attempts to do so, down.
    ________________
    Not very bright there NFLPA.

  27. trojan33sc says: May 22, 2012 12:16 PM

    If NFL ballplayers & the NFLPA don’t want to wear protective gear then they ALSO need to sign a waiver that post-NFL career they cannot come back and sue the NFL for injuries sustained during their playing time. Absolutely ridiculous !!!!!!!!!! You simply can’t have it both ways……………..

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