The NFL sent a memo to clubs Thursday announcing that it will allow teams to wear two different helmets beginning in the 2022 season, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Pro Football Talk first reported the news.
The NFL previously permitted teams only one set of helmets for safety reasons. The thought processes followed that it was safer for a player to be fitted with one helmet properly than to be shifting in-and-out of different headgear that it couldn’t be certain was as safe.
There are a number of reasonable rules teams must follow if they are going to use alternate helmets. They must be the same make, model and size as the applicable player’s primary helmet. They must be made available to all players at the start of training camp and should be fit at the same time as the primary helmet. And they must be worn in practice at a minimum during the week leading up to the game in which they will be used.
Teams must inform the league office of their intent to use an alternate helmet in 2022 by no later than July 31, 2021. So, we’ll know this year which teams plan to utilize throwback/alternate helmets in 2022.