Riddell, part of the concussion lawsuit filed by former players, no longer will be the official helmet of the NFL after this season, it and the league confirmed late Thursday night.
Riddell became the official manufacturer in perpetuity in 1989 after many went out of business. Players can wear any helmet as long as it complies with NFL standards. But the names of other companies can't appear on non-Riddell ones.
While the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with former players in their concussion litigation, thousands are still suing Riddell. They allege it overemphasized how much its helmets prevented brain injuries.
As the league became increasingly focused on concussions, it became concerned about the implication of selling exclusive branding rights to one company, according to si.com. At an NFL-sponsored youth event last year in New York, a variety of manufacturers displayed helmets.
Freeman Hazy: Josh Freeman still isn't sure which third-quarter hit Monday caused his first NFL concussion, and he didn't say whether he will return to the starting quarterback role next week. The ex-Buc was cleared to practice Friday, and coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings plan to return him to full practice next week. "Looking back, maybe I was a little too fired up at first," Freeman said of his performance (20-of-53, 190 yards, interception) in a loss to the Giants. "There were obviously some shots, looking back, I could hit in my sleep, but in the game they were maybe a little high. That made it hard on my guys."
Bills: Running back C.J. Spiller, hobbled by an ankle injury since Week 4, is doubtful for Sunday.
Broncos: Cornerback Champ Bailey (left foot sprain) won't play Sunday.
Chiefs: Receiver Dwayne Bowe is questionable after straining his groin at practice Thursday.
Cowboys: Starting safety J.J. Wilcox is out with a sprained right knee ligament.
Falcons: Receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) will miss his second straight game.
Giants: Brandon Jacobs missed practice with a hamstring injury and is doubtful for Sunday.
Panthers: An MRI exam on defensive end Charles Johnson (groin) was negative.
Fines: Last week's Rams-Panthers drew a combined $47,250 in fines. Rams defensive end Chris Long got $15,750 for throwing a punch during a skirmish. Receivers Steve Smith (Carolina) and Brian Quick (St. Louis) got $7,875 for striking an opponent in the face. Also fined $7,875 were Rams guard Harvey Dahl for a late hit and Panthers safety Mike Mitchell for taunting.