When you go to the Bills' first open training camp practice this weekend, you're going to see some of them wearing a special helmet, and it's really smart.

There has been a lot of talk about the Bills' helmets this off season since the NFL made a rule that they would be able to have an alternate color helmet for a couple games during the regular season.

But these helmets are specifically for practices.

When you go to the stadium, you're going to see the offensive linemen wearing helmets that look way over sized.  They're there (hopefully) for extra protection against concussions.

 

Yes...they look like rugby scrum caps that fit over the top of a regular helmet.

The hope is that you won't lose players heading into the season with a concussion that could have been prevented in a practice.

The NFL has been trying just about everything they can to avoid players getting concussions and doing a lot of studies to find out the long-term effects of a concussion on a player.

I know a lot of people seem skeptical about them because at this point, there's no way to tell if they actually will help to prevent the injury.  A concussion is caused due to movement of the brain inside the skull. So many people question whether or not putting extra padding outside the skull will help at all.

If you're old enough, you may remember Mark Kelso with his oversized helmet back in the 90s.  It was there for extra protection too...

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In my opinion, there's really only one way to tell - that's to pad them up and do your best to protect them.  There's nothing more devastating to a team or player than to have someone endure an injury that could have been prevented.  Good on the Bills for doing what they can to protect these guys.

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