A new rule instituted by the National Football League this year urges players to wear the same helmet throughout the season. During the offseason, the league approved a recommendation by the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee to forbid teams from switching helmets during the season.
The committee wanted to prevent players from wearing multiple helmets during the season for safety reasons. Some teams easily can change helmet designs by swapping out decals. The Buffalo Bills, for instance, were able to wear throwback helmets last Sunday because their base helmet is white, the same color as their throwback helmet. They just had to change helmet decals.
Because the throwback jersey and the team's current color scheme (pewter and white helmets) are so unalike, the Buccaneers organization said it had no choice but to scrap the idea.
"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," Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said in a team-issued press release.
The Bucs would've had to switch to a second set of helmets to wear the throwbacks.
Well it is in the name of safety.