NFL bans players from wearing unique facemasks

Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) gets sacked by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The National Football League is cracking down on individuality once again. After putting the kibosh on spinning the ball after a celebration, players can no longer wear unique facemasks.

From Mike Florio of NBC Sports:

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press on Friday that non-standard face masks will be prohibited.

The ban includes players like Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck, and Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty, who wore his extra-thick cluster of bars on Thursday night in Tampa.

Canty featured a grill that’s a big as some cars last night, and now he’s no longer able to wear it. Dockett displayed his facemask back in June that had every bar that can possibly fit in a facemask.

According to the report, the only way players can wear a unique facemask is due to a medical reason.

Should the NFL even bother with a ban like this or is it important for potential safety reasons? Give us your thoughts below.

Topics: Chris Canty

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