Packers Coach Matt LaFleur Questions Defensive Safety Cap

GREEN BAY, Wis. — There are some good reasons why many members of the Green Bay Packers dislike Guardian Caps, the protective devices worn on the helmets of players who line up near the ball.

And then there’s the Kenny Clark reason.

“Just watching them just cracks me up, to be honest,” the Pro Bowl defensive end said at training camp this week. “I don’t even like to look at them. It’s like a big, old mushroom.

Appearance, of course, is irrelevant. According to the NFL, the Guardian Cap results in at least a 10 percent reduction in impact force if one player wears it, and at least a 20 percent reduction in impact if two players wear it.

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