NFL to ban the ‘Bane’ style facemasks

Dec 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Custom facemasks have become all the rage in the NFL, a trend that began in popularity when Justin Tuck of the New York Giants debuted what has become known as the “Bane” facemask.

The “Bane” name is derived from the villain in the Batman inspired movie, The Dark Knight Rises who wears a similar styled mask, but he’s going to be one of the select few still wearing such after the NFL issued a ban on the mask today.

Per The Nosebleeds:

The NFL sent out an official memo to several players late last week alerting them that those terrifying customized ‘Bane’ facemasks that have become somewhat popular over the past few years would no longer be league-approved.

Fortunately for some players, like the aforementioned Tuck along with Chris Canty, they’ll still be able to rock the custom masks as they filed a petition with the NFL citing the reason they need to wear the mask was for ‘health’ reasons, something the NFL shockingly agreed upon.

For others though, say like Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware, they will be forced to wear a new style of facemask come the season opener.

Topics: Chris Canty, Darnell Dockett, DeMarcus Ware, Justin Tuck, NFL

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