Few uniforms in the NFL are more famous (maybe infamous?) than that of the ‘creamsicle’ uniform worn by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s become a tradition for the Bucs to pay homage to their heritage every year, something they had every intention to do this season before the NFL stepped in.
According to a press release on the Buccaneers website, they will not be allowed to wear the uniform this season (or potentially even in the future) because it would violate the NFL’s new safety rules:
The previously-scheduled Hispanic Heritage celebration remains unchanged; however, the Buccaneers will wear their current pewter, red and white uniforms due to a new league-policy restricting the use of alternate helmets.
In short, in an effort to curb head injuries, the league wants players to get a helmet that fits them properly and doesn’t want them to change it throughout the season. And because the Buccaneers would have to wear a completely different helmet, it would technically violate the new rule which asks players to stick with one helmet all season long.