NFL, NFLPA prohibit use of 10 helmet models after lab testing

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The NFL and NFLPA made a joint announcement about laboratory testing on helmets Monday that included news that 10 low-performing models will no longer be cleared for use by NFL players.

In a statement, the league and union said that the models have been banned because they “perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets.” Players could previously use any helmet that met National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment criteria for certification.

Six of the models are banned immediately while the other four can continue to be used by players who wore them last season.

As noted by Jenny Vrentas of SI.com, that group includes the Riddell VSR4 helmet that has been the preferred helmet of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the course of his career.

8 responses to “NFL, NFLPA prohibit use of 10 helmet models after lab testing

  1. Why allow the 4…makes absolutely no sense.

    If head injuries and player safety are the so important that you’ll change the way the game is placed then why not only use the best of the best helmets.

  2. Kind of explains why Brady absurdly thinks he can play until age 45. Sorry George Blanda junior but your helmet has been retired and 2018 will most likely be your last season.

  3. It truly baffles me that players have the audacity to complain about injuries and how Thursday Night Games are unsafe when many players refuse to wear knee and thigh pads. If you are concerned about injuries, then why don’t you wear the proper equipment. Same can be said about guys not wearing mouth pieces. I’m not sure about the NFL but in NYSPHSAA not wearing a mouth piece was a personal foul and not wearing pads was an automatic ejection.

  4. Meanwhile, the guys wearing those helmets during testing are complaining of concussion-like-symptoms.

  5. I was watching some old NFL film and I noticed the shoulder pads players wore were huge…makes since..bigger the pad the better the shock is absorbed. The players today wear small shoulder pads, and yes, skimpy knee pads and elbow pads. I know the reason…less is best & they think so they can be FASTER without all the bulky padding. TOO BAD, if you play the game wear ALL the pads, the right helmets, and your mouth piece.

  6. if you look at the bottom of chart, there is an addendum (3) that will ban 4 models from Rawlings immediately. The other 6 can stay only if the player wore them in 2017. Brady, Brees, Ginn, Rivers and others will not be affected.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I was watching some old NFL film and I noticed the shoulder pads players wore were huge…makes since..bigger the pad the better the shock is absorbed.

    The other issue is the players are much bigger now. Refrigerator Perry played at 6’2″ 335. He wouldn’t even stand out in a defensive line today… Snacks Harrison is 6’4″ 350. Dan Dierdorf played offensive line at 6’3″ 275 – tackle Nate Solder (Pats/Giants) is 6’8″ 325.

    Add the pure physical force from these larger men with those smaller lighter pads… and you have guys getting hurt more often.

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