The NFL has made great attempts to limit head injuries after a high-profile lawsuit, but Australian sensation Jordan Mailata has criticized so-called ‘Guardian Caps’ that are supposed to reduce concussions, calling them ‘fake news’.
The odd-looking helmet, which sits over the top of helmets, is required to be worn during the preseason by players in certain positions in an attempt to reduce head injuries.
However, Mailata suffered a concussion during training camp and later criticized the ineffectiveness of the strange-looking projectiles.
‘The false news of the hat. It doesn’t stop anything. Sorry NFL. However, I am serious. It didn’t stop anything,” Mailata told a football expert. Zach Berman.
Australian NFL star Jordan Mailata has criticized the NFL’s ‘keeper caps’ after it failed to protect him from being knocked out recently.
‘Keeper caps’ are worn over the top of a helmet and are required in the preseason for some positions, such as offensive linemen.
The 203cm, 158kg offensive lineman missed three practices at the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason training camp earlier this month as a result of a concussion to the head, but has since made a full recovery.
Following the unprecedented class action lawsuit filed by more than 4,500 former NFL players for head trauma, which the league settled for a staggering $765 million, the NFL has tightened concussion protocols.
But as Mailata’s injury shows, it seems impossible to prevent a concussion.
Football fans almost all agreed with Mailata’s comments, although one noted that even a “small percentage reduction” could make a difference in the long run.
Australian NFL star Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Daniel Faalele wears a “keeper cap” during practice earlier this month.
The league required that offensive linemen, running backs, tight ends, defensive linemen and linebackers have to wear Guardian hats during preseason training camps.
Mailata’s fellow offensive lineman, Jason Kelce, went a step further during practice, covering the cap with a layer of bubble wrap, much to the delight of amused spectators and teammates.
Mailata’s Eagles teammate Jason Kelce covers his helmet and keeper cap with a layer of bubble wrap.
Mailata, who played lower-tier football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before being selected in the 2018 NFL draft despite not playing on the floor, has made the crucial position of left tackle his own on a dominant offensive line from the Philadelphia Eagles.
So much so that the 25-year-old Australian is now one of the best tackles in the league.
That point was not lost on one of the NFL’s top analytics experts, Cynthia Frelund, who recently named Mailata No. 10 on her Most Underrated Players list.
Jordan Mailata is now an NFL sensation after growing up in Bankstown and playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The big man is tasked with protecting the blindside of exciting dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurt this season, and the Eagles have a great opportunity to take the NFC East title from an inconsistent Dallas Cowboys unit.
Mailata obviously takes defending his quarterback very seriously, with a fight at the Eagles’ recent pre-season game evoking memories of his days as a rugby league player.
Hurts took a dangerous late hit from New York Jets defenseman Quincy Williams in the team’s 24-21 loss, and Mailata wasn’t happy.
I can’t repeat what I said. All I know was just bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep,’ Mailata told reporters after the game.
“I wanted to lean in with my helmet, and then a little warning sign came up, and I didn’t want to go back into (concussion) protocol, so I just walked up to him. It’s a preseason game and there’s no room for dirty play, especially against my QB.’
Fortunately, Hurts somehow resurfaced, but his teammates, fans and commentators lambasted foul play, calling it a ‘low blow’, ‘disgusting’, ‘unnecessary’ and ‘garbage’.
Jordan Mailata went on fire after a foul shot to teammate Jalen Hurts
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni was even more outraged than Mailata.
He could be seen yelling ‘that’s fucking bullshit’ on the Jets’ sideline. Surprisingly, trainer Robert Saleh even left Williams out for the next try.
Mailata and his Eagles will continue their preseason campaign against the Browns on August 22, before making their season debut against the Lions on September 11.