The NFL's uniform regulations are notoriously strict, with players often receiving fines for wearing the wrong colored cleats or undershirts. And the league is not allowing any exceptions, even for the best of reasons.
The Dallas Cowboys found out on Wednesday that the league would not permit them to wear their new Arm in Arm decals in any games. The Cowboys also had a unity ceremony during one of their days of training camp at the end of July, which was attended by Dallas' Police Chief David Brown, Mayor Mike Rawlings and the families of the slain officers. The decal is suppose to represent the club's support for the city of Dallas and the officers' families.
The idea behind the ceremony and decal was partially initiated by the Cowboys' All Pro tight end Jason Witten. Earlier in training camp, Jerry Jones recognized the difficulty that the league was facing. He called the decal issue a "Pandora's Box" because "There are so many wonderful, wonderful causes, the league has to be careful...If you allow one, then what do you do about every team that has a great reason to have something on their helmets?"
The Cowboys can wear the decal during training camp practices.