NFL Bans Lower-Performing Helmets, Impacts ‘About 200 Players’
The NFL has taken another step toward improving player safety by prohibiting the use of lower-performing helmets.
According to Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated, six types of helmets will be banned immediately for 2018 while four more will only be allowed to be used by players who wore them last season. Per Vrentas, about 200 players wore one of the 10 prohibited helmets in 2017.
The NFL has worked to improve player safety with a variety of rules, most recently adopting a targeting rule that prevents players from lowering their heads on hits. However, utilizing the best equipment could potentially be an even bigger step to help players going forward.
Both of those decisions [with Nelson and Van Pelt] were made without him, one league source close to Rodgers told Robinson. In both situations, he had no influence with [the front office] before anything went down.
The team would be wise to do everything it can to make the two-time NFL MVP happy. The Super Bowl XLV MVP has just two years remaining on his deal. Upsetting him risks the possibility of his not giving them a hometown discount or even negotiating an extension at all.
I know he’s thinking about that stuff when it comes to the next contract because he should have earned a voice by now, the source added, per Robinson. In other places with [elite] quarterbacks, consideration is given to those guys. I think Aaron wants to be engaged in some decisions. But that’s just not the way it works [in Green Bay]. I think that’s obviously frustrating and it’s going to keep coming out.
Green Bay missed the postseason last season after going 7-9, a campaign in which a broken collarbone limited Rodgers to seven games. He passed for 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns while posting a quarterback rating of 97.2.