This won't affect the concussion crisis the NFL is dealing with these days, but the league has announced that its players no longer can keep going with this sleek, light look that could be leading to other injuries.
At the NFL owners meeting today, the league is mandating players must wear thigh and knee pads. The rule, which likely will have to be agreed to by the union, would go into effect for the 2013 season.
This is notable for your local professional Dallas Cowboys football club because one of its starting wide receivers, Dez Bryant, doesn't do thigh pads. A lot of players don't because they want to feel lighter.
Bryant suffered a thigh bruise in Week 1 of the 2011 season that may have been prevented had he been wearing pads. Bryant missed the second game of the season with that injury.
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