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Canty, Tuck have clearance to wear elaborate face masks

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No, Robert Mathis and Darnell Dockett won’t be permitted to wear their intricate, elaborate face masks.

Justin Tuck and Chris Canty will.

Per NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the former Giants teammates (Canty now plays for the Ravens) applied for and received medical clearance to wear face masks that depart from the NFL’s limit of four horizontal bars and three vertical bars.

The issue emerged on Friday after the NFL advised Mathis, who plays linebacker for the Colts, that his new face mask cannot be worn in games.

The specific medical reason allowing Tuck and Canty to wear the non-conforming face masks isn’t known.  Whatever it is, any player that wants to wear a similar face mask needs a doctor to claim that the player suffers from the same condition.

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45 Responses to “Canty, Tuck have clearance to wear elaborate face masks”
  1. bigwayne75 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:12 AM

    Tuck’s helmet is actually a good thing; it isn’t for style, it is for safety. Two years, Tuck got a neck injury from some player sticking his fingers in Tuck’s face mask and yanked while he was running by that player. It was an injury that nagged him all season. Now with the new mask, player can’t stick their fingers in the mask anymore.

    I think more players should go to that mask.

  2. romosmicrodongs says: Aug 10, 2013 12:12 AM

    Cuz goodell and Mara are buddy buddy duh that’s why

  3. scottman86 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:14 AM

    Glaucoma?

  4. wagon151515 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:18 AM

    I am going to guess that Canty’s exception was given to him because of the eye injury he suffered when he had a bottle or something bashed on his eye at a bar back in college. That’s why is eye is all jacked up now.

  5. pj1983a says: Aug 10, 2013 12:19 AM

    “The specific medical reason allowing Tuck and Canty to wear the non-conforming face masks isn’t known.”

    Canty wears it because of a previous eye injury, as the extra bars leave less room for hands, feet, etc to gouge an eye. Tuck wears it because of a previous neck injury, with the extra bars making it more difficult for an opponent to grab his facemask and wrench his neck (which, ironically, Canty is illustrating in the photo provided with this story).

  6. dadeyemi says: Aug 10, 2013 12:33 AM

    Cantu suffered a serious eye injury in 2005 and Tuck because of the chronic neck injuries he’s been suffering from ever since Flozell Adams cheap shotted him 4 years ago

  7. tinbender2000 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:36 AM

    Uglyitis?

  8. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:38 AM

    First off , as a die hard Ravens fan, let me just say ……Yay! Now, the reason Cantu has gotten clearance is because he got injured in his eye and he can barely see in said eye. Therefore, he is very cautious that a player’s finger will poke him or get even close to the eye because, if any damage comes to the already damaged eye, he could go blind in said eye. I’m just glad he can bring his signature look, and get more of what he got in the very 1st 3rd down of the ravens preseason game on Thursday(a sack). I still think the rule sucks but at least Chris can wear his because personally I think its cool.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:41 AM

    Tuck’s neck and eye issues, and Canty’s eye are the reason why.

  10. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:44 AM

    Sorry for typo: Canty. Also, if you see him, you can clearly see his eye is very damaged so I hope people wouldnt doubt that his reason is not only substantiated, but its painfully obvious. I rarely give the NFL credit when it comes to The Emporer(Goodell) , but they were right on this one. I can’t speak for the other guy that was allowed but I’m guessing they probably got his right also.

  11. ppc50 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:08 AM

    The medical reason for Canty is, in fact, very well known. He had a severe eye injury in college, Virginia, and as a result his draft stock dropped.

  12. skybox22blog says: Aug 10, 2013 1:14 AM

    Yeah, it’s called safety. Crack heads just want more penalties. Let’s have motorcycle type helmets and this will be over and done with. Pretty simple really.
    People aren’t very bright

  13. sgtmoon24 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:15 AM

    They suffer from a disease called ‘Ilookcoolitus’. And it will be spreading throughout the NFL in the near future.

  14. goldrush36 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:31 AM

    No Fun League

  15. justlntuckrule says: Aug 10, 2013 2:30 AM

    The condition for the modified face mask is the fact that Tuck plays for the Giants. Get over it.

  16. mrgroovesd says: Aug 10, 2013 2:41 AM

    Seriously? The league is cracking down on face mask? Let it be.

  17. nfl4days says: Aug 10, 2013 3:43 AM

    Its to prevent neck injury form players grabbing face masks and pulling and twisting . Specifically Justin tuck.

  18. The Commish says: Aug 10, 2013 5:02 AM

    Tuck has stated in the past that his neck problems stem from players grabbing his facemask.

  19. wttoolman says: Aug 10, 2013 5:45 AM

    Chris Canty has worn a special facemask and eye shield since college. He was involved in some kind of fight where he suffered broken bones around his eye socket. He truly wears the special facemask for a reason, not just to look cool.

  20. floratiotime says: Aug 10, 2013 5:49 AM

    Both players took a lot of fingers to the eyes so they went with the lattice facemask. It’s not a big mystery.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 10, 2013 7:20 AM

    Canty had a serious eye injury and can’t risk a Steelroid trying to poke him the eye.

  22. mikellie says: Aug 10, 2013 7:23 AM

    Jail Bar facemasks. Only allowed to be worn by NY Giants players. LOL.

  23. nukeslovesit says: Aug 10, 2013 7:38 AM

    This is getting regoddamndicilous

    I heard they are banning tackling too.

  24. ravens205255 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:43 AM

    I don’t know about tuck, but canty has a problem with his left eye. He was poked in it in the beginning of his career. The mask helps to make sure no player can inadvertently stick their fingers in the facemask and possibly damage his eye further.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 10, 2013 7:45 AM

    “Whatever it is, any player that wants to wear a similar face mask needs a doctor to claim that the player suffers from the same condition.”
    —————————————————————–
    The medical condition is called “tired of getting smacked in the mouth by the Steelers”.

  26. rockyburnette says: Aug 10, 2013 7:52 AM

    Neck injuries, and history of.

  27. catfish252 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:09 AM

    A picture of it would have been nice

  28. yetanotherfan says: Aug 10, 2013 8:23 AM

    The article very wrongly makes it look like Canty and Tuck have BS issues justifying their facemasks, but there is plenty of reportage and direct comments from the two players over the years explaining their issues.

    Canty was hit in the eye by a bottle when he was an uninvolved bystander to a bar fight in college. He can see out of his eye, but it is now more sensitive to trauma, so he wears an eye shield and an extensive facemask to prevent opponent’s fingers intentionally or unintentionally poking him in his previously injured eye. There are plenty of articles available on the web about it.

    Tuck had a bad neck sprain a few years ago. He switched to an extensive facemask so that opponents would not intentionally or unintentionally grab or twist his facemask and make his neck problems worse.

    With all the attention given to football injuries, player health, and rules requiring protective equipment, no one should mock or made snide remarks about player safety concerns.

  29. bigdicebuddha says: Aug 10, 2013 8:31 AM

    Tuck had/has a neck injury. Defenders were taking advantage of the injury by grabbing his facemask and twisting it to aggrivate it. Tuck went to a facemask where the openings were too small to get fingers through so it was harder to grab hold of. It wasn’t for style reasons like some of the other guys. He was one of, if not the, first to do it.

  30. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 10, 2013 8:33 AM

    What a joke.

  31. sowcrates says: Aug 10, 2013 8:43 AM

    Spinal issue or chronic lower back condition? Meaning that anybody who managed to grab and twist Canty or Tuck’s facemask could feasibly twist their backs.

    Now, a quick image search shows they also have the eye visor that, presumably, makes it impossible to grab the facemask from the front and yank it. The preventative measures of the facemask would be nullified if they didn’t have the eye visor too

  32. LynnBal says: Aug 10, 2013 8:49 AM

    Chris Canty suffered an injury to his eye shortly before being drafted that makes having an facemask that’s difficult to grab ideal.

  33. reed20fence says: Aug 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    The NFL is really almost completely tone deaf, isn’t it?

  34. dallasfan89 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    When Canty was drafted, he was recovering from eye surgery. He almost lost an eye in a fight, and in turned is a reason why he was drafted later in the draft. I assume that his health history would permit him to have an exception.

  35. jebbiesmallz says: Aug 10, 2013 9:24 AM

    Canty’s issue is known, he had an eye injury a few years back.

    Let me google that for you…

  36. DawgPound83 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:31 AM

    So doctors can write medical notes to players for sucking?

  37. oumoonunit says: Aug 10, 2013 9:36 AM

    Canty got hit in the eye with a beer bottle thrown across a bar when he was a rookie.

  38. skinsallday says: Aug 10, 2013 9:43 AM

    Good. I’m glad these guys found a loophole. Goodell is making a huge deal out of nothing. These face masks look awesome

  39. yetanotherfan says: Aug 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    The article very wrongly makes it look like Canty and Tuck have BS issues justifying their facemasks, but there is plenty of reportage and direct comments from the two players over the years explaining their issues.

    Canty was hit in the eye by a bottle when he was an uninvolved bystander to a bar fight in college. He can see out of his eye, but it is now more sensitive to trauma, so he wears an eye shield and an extensive facemask to prevent opponent’s fingers intentionally or unintentionally poking him in his previously injured eye. There are plenty of articles available on the web about it.

    Tuck had a bad neck sprain a few years ago. He switched to an extensive facemask so that opponents would not intentionally or unintentionally grab or twist his facemask and make his neck problems worse.

    With all the attention given to football injuries, player health, and rules requiring protective equipment, no one should mock or made snide remarks about player safety concerns.

  40. smashadams1 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    Watching necks get twisted because of face-masking make me cringe. Whoever wants to wear these masks to eliminate that should be allowed to.

    I thought Goodell was all about safety? Hypocrite.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 10, 2013 1:46 PM

    Canty was injured in a bar fight just around the time he got drafted. Not at UVa.

  42. ravenschick says: Aug 10, 2013 2:07 PM

    DawgPound83 says:
    Aug 10, 2013 9:31 AM
    So doctors can write medical notes to players for sucking?

    **************************************

    If that’s the case, then the Browns team doctor would get writer’s cramp from writing the 50 medical notes needed for that team.

  43. laserw says: Aug 10, 2013 5:18 PM

    Likely due to the medical note written by Doctor Mara – the same jerk who prescribed penalties for the Redskins and Cowboys – the worthless family that runs both the Giants and the NFL. There is no medical basis for the waiver – just a payback for a man who is a disgusting human being as an owner.

  44. whysteelwhenucanbmore says: Aug 11, 2013 1:12 AM

    This league needs a mutiny. Zero reason the nfl needs to give a damn about facemasks. When can we get a new commissioner?

  45. sbchampsagain says: Aug 15, 2013 9:58 AM

    Did a Browns fan just try to say the Ravens and Giants suck?!

    This place is hillariously awesome!!

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