Packers Coach Matt LaFleur Questions Protective Guardian Cap

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — There are some good reasons why many members of the Green Bay Packers dislike guardian caps, the protective devices worn over the helmets of players lining up near the ball.

And then there’s Kenny Clark’s reason.

“Just looking at them just irritates me, to be honest,” the Pro Bowl defensive tackle said at training camp this week. “I don’t even like looking at her. It’s like a big, old mushroom.”

Appearance doesn’t matter, of course. According to the NFL, the Guardian Cap reduces impact severity by at least 10 percent when worn by one player and by at least 20 percent when worn by two players.

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