(NBC Sports/Mike Florio) — During the only two 2016 preseason games in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played, the NFL logo had been removed from his helmet. The NFL’s Uniform Policy expressly requires that the logo appear on the “lower-left exterior” of the helmet. (The photo accompanying this story is an example of Brady playing with the logo.)
Contacted Friday night by PFT, the NFL had no comment about the situation.
Coincidentally, the NFL’s Uniform Policy was submitted as one of the various exhibits in the litigation arising from Brady’s suspension, presumably due to the argument that he committed at worst an “equipment violation,” which is punishable by a fine for the first offense. The NFL trumped that notion, which expressly covers violations like the use of Stickum, by pulling the controversy under the catch-all, integrity-of-the-game principles of Article 46.
And so it’s fitting that, on his way out the door for four weeks, it comes to light that Brady engaged in an actual equipment violation. Unless they pull this one under Article 46, too.
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