Umpires might wear helmets in 2010

Updated: October 25, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

After watching players collide with umpires far too often in this and in recent seasons, the NFL's Competition Committee will address the safety of its officials after this season, two NFL sources said.

Ultimately, umpires could be equipped with helmets like the players they try to officiate, or they could be shifted to different areas of the field further away from danger.

If the league opted for helmets for its umpires, they could be like the ones players wear or even an ear-flap ...

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