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NFL enforces helmet ban for Brady, 31 others

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The NFL and NFL Players Association have added 11 helmets to their joint list of approved equipment for 2019 while eliminating a grace period for other models that have fallen short in laboratory testing, engineers and executives representing both groups said Friday.

By the end of last season, 32 players, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were wearing helmets that are now banned.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, said it is “eminently doable” to convert them to approved equipment.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Each team’s equipment manager has been instructed to remove all banned helmets, which are listed on a poster distributed to teams Friday. If a team is found to have known about a player wearing a banned helmet, or to have facilitated the use of one, it will be subject to league discipline, Miller said on a conference call with reporters.3

The NFL and NFLPA have been testing helmets since 2015, but they agreed for the first time last year to prohibit lower-performing models. Six were banned immediately and four others, including the one often used by Brady, were allowed to be worn for one more year.

There were no additions to the list of banned helmets for 2019. Of the 11 models tested this spring, nine were new to the market, one was tweaked significantly and another had been overlooked in 2018, according to Dr. Kristy Arbogast, the NFLPA’s engineering consultant.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Six of the new helmets were ranked among the top 10 on the 2019 poster. For the third consecutive year, the VICIS Zero1 helmet landed atop the list, followed by the Schutt F7 LTD and the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond.

“One of the most exciting things is seeing how our years of testing protocol is really driving innovation,” Arbogast said. “You can see when you see the poster that many of the new helmets that are being introduced to the market are top performers. And so I think through the perspective of the players, it’s phenomenal that we are driving innovation and we are driving design to release products that perform better on the field.”

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