Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' plans to wear their retro "creamsicle" throwback jerseys, complete with winking "Bucco Bruce" helmet, were dashed due to a new NFL safety rule.
The issue came from the white helmets, which violated a new NFL guideline that was recently implemented due to recommendations from the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel.
From a statement by the team:
"While we regret that our players will not be able to don the 'Bucco Bruce' helmet and traditional orange, red and white uniforms, there simply was no acceptable way to meet the requirements of the new policy while staying true to the spirit of our throwback theme."
The issue with the helmets, which were to be worn during the team's Hispanic Heritage celebration week, is that they are not the usual helmets players wear. The new NFL guidelines suggest that once a player has a helmet he likes and that fits him well, he should continue wearing that helmet throughout the season. The introduction of a new helmet midway through the season runs the risk of putting an improperly fitted helmet on a player's head.
(Thanks to Deadspin for sharing.)