The Cleveland Browns wore their Color Rush uniforms in Thursday Night Football against the New York Jets. According to 92.3 The Fan’s Daryl Ruiter, the team intends to wear the uniforms again for their Oct. 7 home game against the Baltimore Ravens. It will be the second time in three weeks the jerseys have been worn. The Browns had not worn the jerseys before Thursday night.
Earlier this year, the team acknowledged that they will wear the alternate uniforms more than once.
“We are. More than once,” the official Browns Twitter account confirmed.
It was recently revealed that the league will allow teams to wear alternate and/or throwback uniforms more often this season.
“The NFL is relaxing its policy to where teams will now be able to wear their alternates/throwbacks or color rush jerseys on three occasions during the season. It used to be that teams could only wear the former twice, but this gives teams the option to wear those three times,” MMQB’s Albert Breer wrote.
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There has always been a long list of uniform regulations enforced by the NFL. On rare occasions, the league will allow players to wear custom cleats as well. In Week 13, players are allowed to wear special ‘My Cause My Cleats,’ which are auctioned off to support charities.
The NFL introduced the monochromatic uniform combinations for each team during the 2015 campaign as part of their agreement with Nike. It originally began as an exclusive event for teams playing on Thursday Night Football.
A game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets featuring the color rush uniforms in 2016 was a nightmare for color blind fans. Red-green color blindness is the most prevalent form of color blindness and it affects in excess of 10 million Americans. The NFL has consulted color blindness experts to come up with a resolution.
New jerseys are in Cleveland’s future as well. The Browns revealed some changes to their uniforms in 2015 that did not sit well with the fan base. A move from tradition was made and, as ownership has revealed, the uniforms were mechanically flawed as well. The NFL states that teams must commit to uniforms for five seasons. Owner Dee Haslam acknowledged that the organization has been in touch with the league to make potential changes in 2020.
“We actually have started talking to the NFL … they’ve been up to New York and started the conversation. What comes out of that, I don’t know. We’ve had some mechanical difficulties with our uniforms, which I think you know, which has been very frustrating for the equipment guys, etc. so I can definitely see that from a mechanical standpoint we have to fix that,” she explained in March via Cleveland.com.
“From a design element, that’s really up in the air. … I think definitely we should take a look at it. They’ve not been very popular with our fans and obviously we serve at the pleasure of our fans…We definitely are going to look at it and we were pretty new when that started the last time. We really didn’t understand the process. We’re much better equipped at it now to make better decisions. We understand Cleveland so much better and I think we definitely can make some improvements to it.”
Cleveland travels to play the Oakland Raiders in Week 4.