NFL says Cardinals must get new pads before next game
The NFL is recommending that the Cardinals get new footballs before the start of next week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report by ESPN.
The recommendation is based on research that suggests if the Cardinals don’t get new balls by that time, the Buccaneers would have a 52-42 lead.
The recommendation was made to the league by NFL vice president of player safety Brian DeFilippo and the team’s head of security.
DeFilippos’ recommendation comes after several teams said last week they will not wear pads, and many have since said they will only wear the pads of players who have played in at least one preseason game.
The Cardinals were the first team to announce that it would not wear a new football in the preseason, after it announced it was not using pads this season.
But Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Sunday that the team would not use pads during the game against Tampa Bay, and the Cardinals’ players have said they are not willing to go through the pain of having to wear them again.
The team’s security team is looking at a variety of options, including a change in uniform and pads, a change to the game rules, and some changes to equipment.
The Cardinals, who will play their first regular-season game against Seattle on Thursday, also have two weeks to prepare.
“There’s a lot of things we can do,” Arians told reporters.
“The only thing we can’t do is play a game that doesn’t make sense.”
The Cardinals’ decision not to wear pads was widely criticized.
Arizona’s fans and players have also criticized the team, including one of their players, cornerback Patrick Peterson, who said the Cardinals should have been wearing pads during their loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
Peterson said that the reason for the decision was because the team did not have pads, but that he would “get over it.”
He said that he hoped the players would understand that “the best thing we do is have our best football players and the best football team that we can.”
The move has created a rift between the Cardinals and their players.
Cardinals wide receiver Mike Williams, who has had two concussions in his career, said the team needs to change its policy.
“I think that it’s a knee-jerk reaction and I think it’s something that they need to really think about,” Williams said.
“If you don’t have pads or don’t want to wear any pads, we’re not going to put you out there.
I think that’s a stupid decision.
I know it’s probably going to make us lose a lot more games, but it’s just a knee jerk reaction.”