Cowboys safety not happy that he has to wear leg pads now

AP

Thigh pads are going to be mandatory in the NFL next year, but Cowboys safety Barry Church is getting a head start.

It’s not by choice, and he’s not crazy about it. But after taking a knee to the thigh last week and not being able to finish a game, he’s wearing a padded girdle with extra padding this week.

I usually don’t wear any pads on my legs,’’ Church said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “But since this happened, I’ve got to.’’

Asked about the rules changes which will make such measures widespread next year, Church admitted he wasn’t wild about it.

“That’s going to stink,’’ he said. That’s real restricting when you have all of pads. But you do what you’ve got to.’’

At the same time, Church admitted if he’d have been wearing more protection last week, he would have been able to finish the game.

It’s a choice many players aren’t going to be happy about, whether it’s good for them or not.