NFL testing modified facemasks containing surgical or N95 material

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The NFL is testing facemasks that could help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA’s medical director, revealed on Adam Schefter’s podcast Monday that NFL engineers and sports performance company Oakley are testing prototypes of modified facemasks containing surgical or N95 material.

“Back in early March, I had suggested that we should consider novel and emerging ways to handle the helmets and the facemasks and the spread of the virus,” Mayer told Schefter. “And these guys, the bioengineers that we use and that the league uses — Oakley, as you may or may not know, does all the face visors for the league under contract — these guys got the bit between their teeth.”

Mayer expects a recommendation that the players use such masks in 2020. He said it’s possible the new design could cover a player’s entire facemask.

“They’ve got some prototypes; they’re doing really good work,” he said. “Some of them, when you first look at them, you think, ‘Gosh, no’ — ’cause you’re not used to seeing it; you’re just not used to seeing it. But they’re looking at every issue you can imagine, including when it fogs up. What do we do with that? But these guys are used to dealing with this stuff.”

Oakley has designed anti-fog sunglasses for the military, Mayer said.

48 responses to “NFL testing modified facemasks containing surgical or N95 material

  1. the main thing is being able to inhale enough oxygen, if these guys are exerting themselves and can’t breath, well yeah, that’ll be some pretty crappy football- and those n95 masks definitely impede air flow

  2. There’s just not going to be a season this year. Nothing to get mad at, just part of life. There’re are over 90K dead Americans as of today. The infection curve is still trending up. This fall we will all be in mandatory quarantine. We’d better just accept it.

  3. They will be falling out running down the field !! Several people fell out while driving down the road wearing a mask

  4. Glad they are trying but they have a lot of work to do. Anyone whose played offensive or defensive line knows that it gets gross down there. The spit, the snot, the sweat, and someones hands in your face.

  5. I said in an earlier post regarding Fauci stating the NFL is prime breeding ground for Covid19 that the NFL is actually prime candidate for adding face mask and even respirators….I was thumbed down….oh well.

    It’s on it’s way.

  6. This isn’t gonna fly. Impede air flow, and you are going to have problems, and it will change the player’s ability to play the game. The season should be cancelled if this is the way they are going about it, which is not a common sense approach.

    A lot of the proposed changes are not outside of the box thinking when it comes to Covid-19. 90,000 deaths is a lot, but consider cancer killed 600,000+ in the U.S, last year – that is 50k per month. Where is the shutdown of the economy for this?

  7. 666football666 says:
    May 18, 2020 at 8:25 pm
    There’s just not going to be a season this year. Nothing to get mad at, just part of life. There’re are over 90K dead Americans as of today. The infection curve is still trending up. This fall we will all be in mandatory quarantine. We’d better just accept it.
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    According to the CDC it’s been trending DOWN the past 5 days. But ok, whatever you say.

  8. the main thing is being able to inhale enough oxygen, if these guys are exerting themselves and can’t breath, well yeah, that’ll be some pretty crappy football- and those n95 masks definitely impede air flow

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    Respirators are used by some of the hardest working men and women daily, in some of the toughest and most hectic work environments in the world…most of them making less than $30 an hour.

    Yu don’t think the NFL and it’s partners can design one for millionaires?

  9. 666football666 says:
    May 18, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    There’s just not going to be a season this year. Nothing to get mad at, just part of life. There’re are over 90K dead Americans as of today. The infection curve is still trending up. This fall we will all be in mandatory quarantine. We’d better just accept it.

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    I have to agree with this. As much as we all want to hear the pads crack, and the States all doing different protocols, Off season programs pretty much ruined, not to mention just practice alone, Im leaning to be around 85% chance RIGHT NOW, that there wont be a 2020 season. Stinks too, because the Browns were going to run deep, then this happens, just our luck,

  10. The NFL is like the guys playing the violins on the deck of Titanic when she sank. Totally oblivious.

  11. Healthy people, especially young athletes should not be wearing masks. They can lead to other health problems.

  12. Has anyone heard of a cpap machine? Am sure there are players who se them. They force air into the airway. Those things are currently the size of a players fist…am sure they can be scaled down even more to help force air through the filters.

    That would actually make breathing better…and keep in mind the respirators block all sorts of pathogens from being breathed in…so they would be taking in cleaner air.

    You could even add oxygen to the mix somehow.

    The NFL with tech already available could easily take their game to a new level.

  13. bajer says:
    May 18, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    the main thing is being able to inhale enough oxygen, if these guys are exerting themselves and can’t breath, well yeah, that’ll be some pretty crappy football- and those n95 masks definitely impede air flow
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    Especially playing in altitude

  14. Absolutely ridiculous. Go run around the block wearing an n95. Now try playing a 3 hour game with one one. You’ll be having guys passing out. You’re breathing in your own waste wearing a mask. Not to mention the jury is still out on the effectiveness of masks. Olsterholm of the U of M just said if you’re not wearing a professionally fitted n95 surgical mask, you might as well wear nothing at all.

  15. Aren’t they are overlooking the fact that they are grabbing each other in order to tackle?

    Are they going to have hand sanitizer in the huddle?

  16. Cool. And if the testing goes well they can then hand them over to the hospital workers and frontline workers that actually NEED them.

    I mean are you kidding me, NFL?

    Theres more important people right now who need to be safe than football players.

  17. “Mandatory quarantine” In fall says someone. Yeah I’m sure you and your 69 likes would love that. Let’s just go ahead and turn this country in to a welfare state and pay deadbeats stimulus checks for the next 3 years! You can go hide in your closet forever for all I care coward – but too many people in this country still believe in liberty

  18. Um….I don’t think they said “wearing an N95 mask.” I think they said something on the order of “facemasks containing N95 filters or material.” It wouldn’t be on their faces it would be on their masks? Which last time I checked were 3-4 inches from the player’s face. It would be a barrier that would not restrict air flow.

    People want football, but then slam any attempt to bring it to the field in a way that is safe. SMH

  19. terrystown says:
    May 18, 2020 at 10:17 pm
    Absolutely ridiculous. Go run around the block wearing an n95. Now try playing a 3 hour game with one one. You’ll be having guys passing out. You’re breathing in your own waste wearing a mask. Not to mention the jury is still out on the effectiveness of masks. Olsterholm of the U of M just said if you’re not wearing a professionally fitted n95 surgical mask, you might as well wear nothing at all.
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    The masks are not about health and safety. They are about control and compliance. How do relatively intelligent people really think the bandanas, loose fitting medical masks and those facebook craft projects the shut-in grannys are all sewing actually do anything at all to prevent covid-19 or any other contagion from being inhaled?

  20. I think it’s possible they could come up with something. Two ways that a mask impedes breathing are 1 – the extra effort to push air through the filter and 2 – the extra “dead space” meaning having to re-breath more of your your own exhalation than usual. But check out devices like the “powered air purifying respirator” and the breath deflectors on modular snowmobile helmets. I could see some combination of both of those being put into a football helmet.

  21. I have to sat at least the NFL is showing a strong determination & plan to get their business going again…..now if it happens or not, we’ll all see. BUT at least Goddell is acting like a leader. Hard for me to say that but I give him credit.

  22. Ridiculous.
    Maybe they come up with something but it’ll just be for show. No way will it be effective.
    The virus is also present in tears – and you can contract it through your eyes. Other body fluids as well.

  23. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    May 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm
    666football666 says:
    May 18, 2020 at 8:25 pm
    According to the CDC it’s been trending DOWN the past 5 days. But ok, whatever you say
    ….
    It’s trending down because of the decrease in New York City and some of the other New England states. Take them out the trend is extremely different. Look at Texas, North Carolina, Arizona,Alabama, Arkansas…. Looking at aggregate numbers is meaningless. Let’s also not forget that Georgia manipulated the numbers and moved the dates around to look better. You may disagree but these are all facts. I know number people don’t like facts.

  24. Cool. And if the testing goes well they can then hand them over to the hospital workers and frontline workers that actually NEED them.

    I mean are you kidding me, NFL?

    Theres more important people right now who need to be safe than football players.

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    Just incredible how gullible people are, and how much they buy in to false narratives.
    There is no shortage of mask. There is no shortage of materials to make mask.
    The NFL has responsibility to it’s players. Health officials have a responsibility to their workers.
    The NFL should not protect it’s players because health officials downplayed the pandemic early and did not want to invest their capital in preparation?

  25. and to the people who obviously think wearing a mask means having a restrictive paper on your face, look up 3M Versaflo.

  26. “A lot of the proposed changes are not outside of the box thinking when it comes to Covid-19. 90,000 deaths is a lot, but consider cancer killed 600,000+ in the U.S, last year – that is 50k per month. Where is the shutdown of the economy for this?”

    Double facepalm. Cancer is not a pathogen that can be transmitted through the air or touch

  27. I don’t really see a need to start anytime soon. Texas, Georgia and Florida have all seen upticks again after loosening restrictions – so much that two of those states having been lying about and covering up numbers. This kinda stuff only prolongs how long we have to stay in more. The US is a few months if not more behind Europe, and they are just mostly starting to loosen restrictions, some aren’t yet. Wait it out until November or so, slowly adjust and we are good to go for the start of January. It sucks, because I miss FOOTBALL, hockey, baseball, basketball, the beach, restaurants, seeing people I love.

  28. Well, with no crowd noise, why not have huddle with 6′ distancing? SMH.

    It is either safe to play the sport or it is not. No in-between.

  29. darquarious says:
    May 18, 2020 at 10:18 pm
    Just let em play. This is so overhyped it’s amazing

    90k plus dead, I guess those people dying is overhyped. Its amazing how ignorant some people especially our federal leadership, of you can call it that.

  30. 666football666 says:
    May 18, 2020 at 8:25 pm
    There’s just not going to be a season this year. Nothing to get mad at, just part of life. There’re are over 90K dead Americans as of today. The infection curve is still trending up. This fall we will all be in mandatory quarantine. We’d better just accept it.
    ————–
    The Univ. of Notre Dame just announced students will report Aug 10th for Fall classes and they will wrap up the semester at Thanksgiving. Starting 2 weeks earlier than normal and ending sooner. FB will be played, albeit in front of smaller crowds.

  31. Try wearing an n95 mask on a warm day and let me know how that goes for you. I’d be a legitimate heat stroke risk to try and exercise wearing one.

  32. @ covidiots

    “Double facepalm. Cancer is not a pathogen that can be transmitted through the air or touch”.

    Nobody said it was transmissible through the air, swifty. Does it really matter, however, because cancer kills more people than Covid-19, and will continue to kill more than Covid every year, as cancer rates are on the rise. Add in the fact that chemo and radiation further put patients in an immunocompromised state, increasing their risk of dying from other causes, such as Covid. Also, getting cancer doesn’t give you immunity from a future cancer diagnosis, as there are no antibodies to protect you. Lastly, cancer patients also don’t survive it 90+% of the time like Covid patients. It is clear to see which kills more people (& will continue to do so for years to come), but all you are focused on is that one is contagious? Well done, chief.

    Take your marble sack and head back to the playground, kid.

  33. Try wearing an n95 mask on a warm day and let me know how that goes for you. I’d be a legitimate heat stroke risk to try and exercise wearing one.

    Don’t Firefighters wear mask?

  34. Respirators are used by some of the hardest working men and women daily, in some of the toughest and most hectic work environments in the world…most of them making less than $30 an hour.

    Yu don’t think the NFL and it’s partners can design one for millionaires? Lol I wear one daily for work do you ? Try playing football and running allover the place and see how it works .

  35. Research has shown that the covid virion particles are too small to be stopped by a mask, even a N95 mask. Wearing a mask also causes you to touch your face more often and can cause other problems through breathing in what you just breathed out. All this mask talk is just to make people feel safer, not to actually do anything. Why do you think the experts and the surgeon general were so adamant about people not wearing masks when this thing first started? Now they even admit that it’s to make people feel like they’re doing something.

  36. cmoney4949 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 9:47 am
    darquarious says:
    May 18, 2020 at 10:18 pm
    Just let em play. This is so overhyped it’s amazing

    90k plus dead, I guess those people dying is overhyped. Its amazing how ignorant some people especially our federal leadership, of you can call it that.

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    Yeah because zero of those people would have died otherwise. Let’s get a look at how many otherwise healthy under the age of 60 people have died of Covid19. The entire thing is massively over-hyped

  37. wutangisforthechildren30 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 12:23 am

    “Mandatory quarantine” In fall says someone. Yeah I’m sure you and your 69 likes would love that. Let’s just go ahead and turn this country in to a welfare state and pay deadbeats stimulus checks for the next 3 years! You can go hide in your closet forever for all I care coward – but too many people in this country still believe in liberty

    _____________

    I own a small company that has been devastated by this thing.. I don’t see any end in sight. Still paying rent on my offices and paying all my software licensing fees, etc.. Not bringing in a dime, not rich and I don’t know how long this will last. Am I the lazy deadbeat you’re talking about? Is there any nuance to your thinking or are you just dumb as a rock?

  38. I am always right, right? says:
    May 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm
    The NFL is like the guys playing the violins on the deck of Titanic when she sank. Totally oblivious

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    You know the band made a decision right? They didn’t just keep playing cause they were oblivious. They knew they were gonna drown anyways so they went out playing so the other people about to die could have something nice to listen to before the end.

    Not that the nfl should do that, quite the opposite. Just saying it was an act of defiance and bravery on the bands part not sheer ignorance. Not trying to start a fight either just hoped you knew that.

  39. Lol I wear one daily for work do you ? Try playing football and running allover the place and see how it works.
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    What type of mask do you wear? As I mentioned….there are all types of different mask…
    You must think your mask is all there is.
    Again…..firefighters run into burning buildings wearing tons of gear with an axe, oxygen tanks and mask that are more restrictive than N95.

    You also realize that these can be designed to any application?

    And yes, i have used all sirts of mask…including industrial mask with dispossble canisters.

    Anyone who has used these know it takes a moment to acclimate, but you becone accustomed to them over time….particularly when they are speçially made for you particular applicarion. Which is what we are talking about.

  40. objectivefbfan says:

    May 19, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Um….I don’t think they said “wearing an N95 mask.” I think they said something on the order of “facemasks containing N95 filters or material.” It wouldn’t be on their faces it would be on their masks? Which last time I checked were 3-4 inches from the player’s face. It would be a barrier that would not restrict air flow.
    ———————————

    Exactly. Too many people do not understand that N95 IS A STANDARD…it can be applied in a number of ways…they think N95 means a paper mask secured to your face.

  41. Trump is taking the COVID vaccine now. Hydrochloraquin. He has been telling us for months it is a cure and a preventive. Many doctors have vouched for this treatment. Time to wake up. Dems want nothing more than mail in voting. Who knows why. (Sarcasm) I am shocked we have so many morons running the nfl. This is starting to get comical.

  42. “Again…..firefighters run into burning buildings wearing tons of gear with an axe, oxygen tanks and mask that are more restrictive than N95.”
    ______________

    Firefighters have oxygen tanks and they don’t have to catch footballs for a living. Have you actually worn a football helmet? You see out of all parts of the facemask, either directly or peripherally so anything away from the player’s face on the facemask itself is going to impede his vision. (It’d also dramatically decrease the effectiveness of the mask so if they were going to go that route they’d be better off just having guys wear visors.) And put a mask directly against the player’s face and he’s going to overheat and have a hard time breathing.

  43. 4nick8 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Trump is taking the COVID vaccine now. Hydrochloraquin. He has been telling us for months it is a cure and a preventive. Many doctors have vouched for this treatment. Time to wake up.
    ——————

    The same drug that killed people in March taking it? By all means, President Tweety, please DO TAKE IT!!!

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