Players around the National Football League could very well have a different look to their helmets for the upcoming season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is currently testing facemasks that could help prevent the spread of the deadly disease. Something we are very familiar with in our daily lives now.
Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA’s medical director, recently appeared on The Adam Schefter Podcast and stated “there will probably be a recommendation” that the NFL will use such masks when it returns to play.
“Back in early March, I had suggested that we should consider novel and emerging ways to handle the helmets and the facemasks and the spread of the virus,” Mayer told Schefter. “And these guys, the bioengineers that we use and that the league uses — Oakley, as you may or may not know, does all the face visors for the league under contract — these guys got the bit between their teeth.”
He even stated that it is quite possible the new design could cover a player’s entire facemask.
“They’ve got some prototypes; they’re doing really good work,” he said. “Some of them, when you first look at them, you think, ‘Gosh, no’ — ’cause you’re not used to seeing it; you’re just not used to seeing it.