For the first time in the NFL's history, players will be required to wear knee and thigh pads as a part of their uniform. During the player interviews at the Denver Broncos Organized Team Activities on Tuesday, several players were asked their opinions on the new set of rules. CB Tracy Porter is apparently fine with the rule change, as he will not need to change anything:
"I believe in them, I’ve been wearing them since my rookie year," Porter said. "A lot of guys they’re frowning upon it because they like to not wear the thigh or knee pads. But much like wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. It’s a rule in the league and you have to do it."
But DT Justin Bannan, who does not typically play with knee and thigh guards, finds the rule unnecessary:
"It’s great for high school kids and college kids," Bannan said. "I think if you’re going to have an injury happen, a knee pad or a thigh pad is not going to save you."
The NFL instituted the rule in their on-going effort to improve player safety.
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