The NFL is near passing a rule that may loosen jersey quantity restrictions for sure positions on either side of the ball, giving these gamers the chance to put on single-digit numbers — together with many different adjustments. Tennessee Titans working again Derrick Henry could reap the benefits of the rule — Henry wore the No. 2 when he performed for the College of Alabama — however the league’s speeding champion needs the NFL to remove a long-standing uniform regulation that has taken away large jersey alternatives.
Henry posted on social media this week asking if the league can deliver the throwback jerseys and helmets again, which might remove the controversial “one-shell rule.” In 2013, the NFL created the “one-shell rule” which meant that gamers may solely put on one helmet per season. The NFL says a worn-in helmet is safer to put on than a model new one which hasn’t but conformed to a participant’s head, which might be the case if an alternate helmet was used with a throwback uniform.
This has been an issue for groups just like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, who’ve totally different coloured helmets to go along with their throwback uniforms. The Eagles wore a “Kelly Inexperienced” uniform up till the “midnight inexperienced” template in 1996, whereas the Buccaneers wore their orange Creamsicle jerseys till 1996. Tampa Bay wore a white helmet with the Creamsicle shade whereas the Eagles had a “Kelly Inexperienced” helmet that matched their uniform. Each groups do not put on their throwbacks since their present shade helmets do not match the colour of their uniforms.
The Titans, who used to put on Houston Oilers throwbacks, have the identical subject. Tennessee would have the chance to deliver again these classics if the rule was eradicated.
There’s hope for Henry and different gamers across the league. The NFL loosed its alternate uniform coverage in 2019, permitting groups to put on an alternate or throwback jersey 3 times in a season and eliminating the “shade rush” jersey as an alternate. That is a begin.
The league additionally hinted on the chance the “one-shell rule” may very well be eradicated this yr. Per Professional Soccer Discuss, the league hasn’t reached a decision on the “one-shell rule” for this yr, however there’s nonetheless hope it may be handed. If the rule is eradicated, there can be loads of groups unveiling throwback uniforms within the coming months.