The usual throwback jerseys the Dallas Cowboys wear on Thanksgiving day will not be worn by the players this year, as they have been ruled to be in violation of a new safety guideline recommended by the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.
What does an alternate jersey have to do with safety? It’s all about the helmet. The guideline, which was recommended this offseason, states, in more or less words, that as soon as a player has a helmet that fits properly, he should continue to wear that helmet throughout the season.
Because these throwback jerseys require a different helmet — the white one with the blue star, as seen above — the NFL doesn’t want the Cowboys to wear them. Dallas then decided wearing the throwback jerseys without the helmets didn’t make sense, so they will wear their regular jerseys instead.
A similar thing happened earlier this year, when the Buccaneers decided not to wear their “creamsicle” throwback jerseys because of a similar ruling by the NFL re: the helmets.
A question brought up by a commenter last time that I have not been able to answer: Why not just paint the regular helmets and then repaint them for the next game?
this is so fuging stupid. So no more throwbacks in the NFL.