The new NFL rule that players — excluding kickers and punters, of course — are required to wear knee and thigh padding is proving to be unpopular. The most recent opposition to the rule comes from a couple of Miami Dolphins players.
First to express his displeasure was Brian Hartline, a wide receiver: “I don’t like them. I appreciate them taking the initiative, trying to protect the players, but I don’t think the biggest [injuries] are prevented from knee and thigh pads” (Miami Herald).
Yeah, that’s actually a pretty good point.
Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo agreed with Hartline’s reasoning:
I think when you look statistically at the amount of injuries that occur in this league due to the lack of knee or thigh pads, it is minimal and [the rule] is silly. I don’t know what they’re thinking. [But] they have to pay the medical bills, so you can’t fault them for trying to keep us as healthy as they possibly can.
It will be interesting to monitor if this new rule impacts games at all this season. It’s easy to imagine that wearing a little extra padding wouldn’t be a huge burden, but then again I’m not the one out there who has to run away from/maneuver around angry behemoths. What’s your take, FanSiders?
[Source: Miami Herald]