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Lynch borrowing teammate’s helmet isn’t an issue for the league

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During Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the 49ers included a moment when running back Marshawn Lynch became separate from his helmet.  So he grabbed a helmet from a teammate, put it on, and kept playing.

In any other year, it would be an intriguing anecdote.  In this year, with the NFL requiring teams to use one helmet all year, it raised eyebrows.

According to the league office, it’s not a problem.

“The new policy was put into place in an effort to minimize helmet changes for hundreds of players during the course of the season,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT.  “The policy prevents an entire team from having to change back and forth between helmets.”

The new rule has prompted multiple teams to ditch throwback uniforms (as the Buccaneers and Cowboys did) or to modify their throwbacks (as the Packers did) to use their regular helmets.

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16 Responses to “Lynch borrowing teammate’s helmet isn’t an issue for the league”
  1. melikefootball says: Dec 8, 2013 7:40 PM

    Oh the NFL, how nice this non significant sequence isn’t a issue . Just totally to much extra crap to these games and has taken the NFL to a lower level of play

  2. osoviejo says: Dec 8, 2013 7:41 PM

    You’re disappointed, I know.

  3. fdugrad says: Dec 8, 2013 7:45 PM

    I’m not sure why, but I always thought the helmets were the same ones, just painted. Don’t The Bears, Pack and Lions have differently designed helmets when the go throwback?

  4. vicvinegar00 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:09 PM

    What is the downside of “helmet changes”? I’d think you might benefit from a fresh helmet if they actually care about head safety.

  5. bert1913 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:18 PM

    as long as it fits you must acquit

  6. sickoe47 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    Did the 49ers whine about this too.

  7. pftstory says: Dec 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    Anything that reduces this obsession with “throwback” uniforms is a plus in my book

  8. pftstory says: Dec 8, 2013 8:48 PM

    Why didn’t Thurman Thomas simp,y do this?

  9. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 8, 2013 8:59 PM

    Well as long as the Seahawks did it and the sample collector didn’t provide the second helmut.

  10. theptfpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    I wonder if the league takes issue with the poor product the vikings put on the field week to week.

  11. SilentMajority says: Dec 8, 2013 9:07 PM

    How many people clicked on this story to find out why borrowing a helmet would be considered illegal in the first place?

  12. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:56 PM

    theptfpoet December 8, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

    I wonder if the league takes issue with the poor product the vikings put on the field week to week.
    ————————
    Honestly, what is your obsession with talking trash on a terrible team? It doesn’t make any sense. Its sad.

  13. mogogo1 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:34 PM

    The league’s helmet recommendation is a text book example of something that appears to be doing something, but really does nothing. There’s absolutely no science behind this idea–helmets are safe and ready to go immediately; they don’t need to be broken in and there’s absolutely no benefit to wearing a single one all season. Provided they’re sized correctly, you could change them every play if you wanted to.

  14. theysone says: Dec 9, 2013 1:46 AM

    After the game, Dick Sherman was quoted as saying the 49ers hid Lynch’s helmet so he couldn’t play, and that’s why they lost the game.

  15. rustygrizzwald says: Dec 9, 2013 2:37 AM

    I wonder if the helmet included artificially created crowd noise like his home stadium?

  16. coolherc says: Dec 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    What could the league possibly care who/how many times anyone changes helmets?

    Shame they don’t pay half as much attention to officiating throughout the league as they do these superficial rules that are created and implemented simply for the sake of doing so.

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