NFL Says Customized Face Masks Are Not Allowed

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

If you think the facemask that the Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett has been wearing at training camp is pretty sweet, you’ll be disappointed in this next bit of news.

Those types of face-covering facemasks have been made illegal by the NFL, because it’s considered “a prohibited non-standard customized face mask.”

That’s the word from NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who sent an email to on Friday and wrote, “A player would need a medical reason to wear this type of face mask.”

That’s fine news for players like Ravens defensive end Chris Canty and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, both of whom applied for medical clearance and got permission from the league to wear those helmets of extra protection. Others like Dockett and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware won’t be allowed to wear them.

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