Sources: Leg pads could be mandatory

Updated: January 16, 2011, 1:22 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

The days of NFL players opting not to wear thigh pads or knee pads may end with this year's Super Bowl, according to league and team sources.

The injury trends of quad injuries and knee bruises will be a major focal point of discussion for the competition committee to bring a recommendation on mandatory thigh and knee pad usage to the owners in March.

There also is a possibility that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will simply order the changes for the 2011 season without a ...

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