Here’s a quick look at the new helmet rule changes for the 2017 season: NFL rules for the NFL season are finally here.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Friday that teams are allowed to add new helmet designs for all NFL players, and it appears that the league will begin the process of banning players from wearing new helmets next year.
In an update on the league’s website, Goodell explained that the rules for players and helmets will be implemented in a gradual manner.
Players will start wearing new NFL helmets in 2018, and the first helmets will go on sale in 2020.
The rule changes came on the heels of the death of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who died Sunday after a long battle with the disease CTE.
The NFL announced that Lewis would be remembered in his home state of Maryland for his service to the game and his work with young athletes.
The league also announced that the NFLPA will work with the NFL to support efforts to educate the public about CTE, which has not been formally linked to any football player.
The change came on a day when the NFL announced the retirement of former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who retired after just two seasons with the team in 2019.
Bennett, a second-round pick of the New England franchise in 2011, died in a car accident in May, and he had battled CTE for years.
He had been working as a physical therapist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.