Face shields that were designed to protect NFL players from COVID-19, that Oakley developed with the NFL, will not be required to be worn, multiple media outlets are reporting.
Last week, Oakley unveiled the mask shields, which would attach to players helmets and protect players from the deadly virus when they returned to the field in 2020.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has already been practicing with the mask on, according to CBS Sports.
But according to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo, the league will not make the face shields mandatory.
Update on the face shields the NFL developed with Oakley to prevent the spread of Covid: The expectation is they will be recommended but NOT required for players, a source informed of talks between the NFL and NFLPA says. The league had been pushing for them to be worn by all. pic.twitter.com/ikar8AmEF0
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 23, 2020
- The NFL Networks reports that it's up to the players if they want to wear them or not.