NFL, Oakley Introduce Virus-Defending Face Shields

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More than any other sport entity, the NFL has appeared optimistic about playing its upcoming season during the COVID-19 pandemic. The league recently revealed one of its new on-field health and safety measures, with the Associated Press reporting that the NFL and Oakley teamed up to create face shields for players’ helmets.

“We often say physical distance and football don’t go together,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told the AP. “That causes you to look for other innovations which could possibly be a flag bearer, and we think this falls into that category.”

NFL Engineering Committee chairman Jeff Crandall described the product, which ESPN reports is called the Oakley Mouth Shield, as “clear plastic with slits or holes in it that block any direct path of a droplet, but do promote air flow, communication, soundwaves.”

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