The NFL and the players are continuing their talks on Tuesday as they work towards an agreement that would satisfy both sides on safety measures to take place prior to the opening of NFL training camps scheduled for later this month.

Some players have voiced opposition playing with so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. citing safety and health concerns.

On Monday Oakley and the NFL unveiled a new face shield for helmets as a possible option.

The product was designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFLPA to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus for players on the field. The new shields are expected to be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week for players to try.

Camps are scheduled to open around July 28 and the NFL and the players’ union have agreed on a few of issues recently. Those include media attendance and travel. More negotiations are taking place this week with hopes all will be resolved by the end of the week.

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11 months ago

Former hockey player here who’s played with a shield similar to that. That mask is not going to work at all. Players will have to take it off countless times a game to get rid of the fog, defeating the entire purpose.

Reply to  iowabucs
11 months ago

Very probable, but if anyone can possibly figure it out in today’s sports it’s Oakley.

11 months ago

As Mr Spock might have said, “Fascinating!”.

There might be time yet for some clever engineering to achieve a helmet that allows for proper ventilation for heavy breathing, a continually clear vision for the players and at the same time meet the requirements for fending off the virus. Who knows?

11 months ago

This is an excellent development. It means at least they are taking it seriously.

11 months ago

Yeah, good luck with that. NFL pipe dream.

What a great idea — put a suffocating shield in front of the players faces.

Reply to  buccaneerNW
11 months ago

It must be exhausting being as miserable as you.

Reply to  BucNnole
11 months ago

No, it’s just exhausting having to be the sober one when delusional people think they’ll magically be able to play football this year.

Last edited 11 months ago by buccaneerNW
11 months ago

Not sure about the efficacy of this shield but it looks and feels like a public relations move.

Maybe this will make players feel more comfortable. Maybe they will hate not having access to enough air. Time will tell.

Captain Sly
11 months ago

NFL always seems to be ahead of the pack when it comes to these matters …Some players are not going to like this but over time will learn to adjust. I happen to remember when the league first mandated wearing face masks and some of the prominent players came out in protest against the idea. Today no player would dare step on the field without one. Kudos to the league for trying to keep the sport safe. In the words of Hank Williams Jr “Are You Ready For Some Football”

Last edited 11 months ago by Captain Sly
10 months ago

If the NFL supports a racist and Marxist group like BLM and sanctions kneeling during our National Anthem the NFL will lose 75% of viewership.Write that down. Goodell has to know that.Let players do their whining on their own time.Bunch of crybabies about to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.I used to think athletes were better people than that.This is a United States that needs unification not destruction from within.I expect PR will delete this unless they want to be part of a solution.