NFL News: Travis Kelce Rips 'Silly' Guardian Caps

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In another attempt to reduce head injuries, NFL teams agreed to use 'Guardian Caps' during the off-season.

The caps reportedly reduce the impact by 10% if one player is wearing them and up to 20% if both players use them. They would also help them develop 'safer habits' during games to avoid severe injuries.

Kelce Thinks The Caps Are 'Silly'

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Needless to say, most players aren't exactly thrilled about this addition. That includes Chiefs star Travis Kelce, who deemed them 'silly':

“I think the guardian caps are silly,” Kelce said. “We’re just out here wearing mushroom helmets that are doing nothing but adding weight to our heads. Hopefully, we can get rid of those so we don’t have to wear them again.”

J.J. Watt Isn't A Fan, Either

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Kelce wasn't the first player to address this subject. Just last week, Cardinals star J.J. Watt mocked them, even though he knew he would get fined for his criticism:

"I mean, I think you know what I think of the Guardian Caps we're wearing," Watt laughingly said "You feel like a bobblehead. Like you're gonna fall over. I'll probably get fined for this. This is great. You guys are just screwing me to start out the whole year. There's 15 grand gone."

Watt Doesn't Want To Get Fined

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Watt claimed that he understood the reasoning behind the helmets, even though he wasn't going to change his mind about them. Instead, he jokingly said they were awesome, so he wouldn't get fined again:

"Absolutely," he said. "I'm not an idiot. I mean, I may have worn no Guardian Cap for 12 years, but I'm not that dumb, all right? Of course I know. I'm not gonna get too deep into this because I've already got 20 grand down. So we're looking at 50 [thousand] as the next one and then probably like a four-game suspension is after that. So, Guardian caps are great, love them. It's a great addition. We should wear it all the time. We got a couple guys that might need to wear them just like walking around."

They're Worth The Shot

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Chiefs Special Team coordinator Dave Toub believes in the Caps. But then again, he's not the one wearing them:

“I think it’s good right now,” Toub said. “I don’t know that it’s going to teach any habits. It’s only a couple of weeks that we’ve got to wear it. I think if it prevents two or three head injuries that we would have had, it’s a good thing.”

At the end of the day, the players will also have to compromise for their own sake.