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Players required to wear knee, thigh pads in '13

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By PFW staff

The NFL owners voted on Tuesday to require knee and thigh pads for players starting in the 2013 season.

Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said that input is needed from the NFLPA, according to reports from the owners meetings in Atlanta.

Knee and thigh pads can slow players down, and the vote won’t be lauded by wide receivers and cornerbacks. Troy Vincent, a former DB and the NFL's VP of player engagement, said that the pad rule will require culture change in the NFL, but that players will adapt and that it will be good for the game, according to Daniel Kaplan of the SportsBusiness Journal.

The NFLPA released the following statement, presumably regarding the use of knee and thigh pads in 2013:

"Any change in working conditions is a collectively-bargained issue. While the NFL is focused on one element of health and safety today, the NFLPA believes that health and safety requires a comprehensive approach and commitment. We are engaged in and monitor many different issues, such as players' access to medical records, prescription usage and the situation with professional football's first responders, NFL referees. We always look forward to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health and safety."

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