NFL Unveils Mouth Guard To Keep Players Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Oakley Mouth Shield is a product designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on the field of play—is expected to be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week, when it will receive a test drive on a much larger scale than it has gotten to date.

The Oakley Prizm Lens Technology used by skiers, military personnel and, most recently, NFL players for enhanced color and contrast in their visors is featured in the new design. Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of droplets, according to the chair of the NFL's engineering committee,Dr. Jeff Crandall.

The mouth shield has already been distributed to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers—two teams close to Oakley's home base—so we will get to see these new masks close up when HBO’s Hard Knocks five-episode season debuts Tuesday, August 11thfeaturing both teams.

JJ Watt is not a fan "I had it on for about three periods of practice and I said, 'Take this sucker off—I'm gonna die out here.' ... So now you're gonna put something around my mouth? You can keep that. If that comes into play, I don't think you're gonna see me on the field."

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