Did this face mask warrant a ban by the NFL?

Did this face mask warrant a ban by the NFL?

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If you want to see Tim Tebow struggle, Robert Griffith III holding a clipboard on the sidelines or the guy who’ll be delivering UPS packages to your door about a month from now, preseason football is for you. In fact, if you watch a preseason football game in its entirety, chances are you’ve taken this fan thing too far.

What we enjoyed last week was watching these new face masks worn by different players.

But it doesn’t matter what we like. The NFL leadership didn’t like the face masks, and yesterday they decided to ban them.  NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL. com that the mask worn by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis “was a prohibited non-standard customized face mask.”

Justin Tuck

Justin Tuck

Players banned from wearing their custom made face masks during games are Darnell Dockett (Arizona Cardinals) and DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys). Justin Tuck of the New York Giants and Chris Canty of the Baltimore Ravens will be allowed to wear their new masks. Both had medical reasons that were approved by the league: Tuck has a neck injury, and Canty suffered a serious eye injury in 2005.

Many of the new masks were made by the company Bad Ass Masks, which has custom designed masks for several NFL players and college teams. While the ban would appear to have an impact on sales for Bad Ass Masks, the company seemed to revel in the exposure with this tweet:

 

Bad Ass masks tweet copy