NFL approves 9/11 gear for Kickoff Weekend

Lance Briggs feared he would be fine Brad Biggs

Print This September 09, 2011, 05:31 PM EST

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It won’t be a costly for Lance Briggs and other NFL players to honor the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 by wearing patriotic equipment on Kickoff Weekend.

The Chicago Bears linebacker presumed he would be fined to wear specially designed gloves and cleats on Sunday in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. But he said on his Twitter account he was going to do it anyway.

Turns out, the NFL has granted permission for players to branch out with their gear for this weekend only. Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice president of football communications, announced via Twitter today that teams have been informed “players may wear special shoes & gloves from NFL licensees for Week 1 games.”

Briggs figured he’d be paying at least $15,000. Now, he’ll keep his money. The equipment was already packed in his bag for the trip to the stadium.

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