NFL Color Rush uniforms are back for 2017.
The Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals were the first to wear their colorful uniforms on Thursday Night Football when they wore them in Week 2.
The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers will be the next teams to wear them when they square off on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots didn’t wear their Color Rush uniforms in Week 1 because the game was not an official Thursday Night Football broadcast.
The season opener was a special broadcast for NBC.
The official Thursday Night Football games have the Color Rush uniforms.
Not everyone is excited about having Color Rush games return.
In March, the Washington Redskins submitted a proposal to the NFL that would allow teams to get out of wearing the special uniforms on Thursday Night Football citing them as “garish.”
However, the Redskins withdrew their proposal before a vote could take place.
Eight teams first wore the special uniforms in 2015, but the NFL and Nike unveiled uniforms for all 32 teams in September of last year.
The league described the uniforms, which were worn exclusively in connection with the Thursday Night Football games last year, in a release:
“Comprising full-color head-to-toe look, each club’s Color Rush uniform takes inspiration from both its current and historic uniform colors and designs, combined with progressive innovation that will set the tone for the future of the game and light up Thursday Night Football.”
One hundred percent of the NFL’s proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety and wellness programs for youth around the country.
Color Rush Conflicts
Every NFL team had Color Rush uniforms for last season, but not all of them wore them, including the Cardinals.
Arizona played at San Francisco on Oct. 6, but didn’t wear their uniform because it was too similar to the 49ers’ Color Rush uniform.
The Cardinals were one of nine teams that didn’t wear their Color Rush Uniforms for a game in 2016.
The Cardinals-49ers conflict was one of three “color conflict” situations in 2016 (Texans didn’t wear Color Rush uniform at Patriots, Falcons didn’t wear theirs at Bucs for same reason).
Three other teams did not wear their Color Rush uniforms in 2016 because they presented difficulty for TV viewers to distinguish (Jets could not wear at Bills, Browns could not wear at Ravens, Rams could not wear at Seahawks for this reason).
When there was a conflict between Color Rush uniforms like those above, the visiting team was asked to adjust.
Teams not wearing their Color Rush uniform for the reasons above have the option of wearing an existing uniform (which the Cardinals did with their normal road white on white) or a different/special all-white Nike uniform.
Three other teams (Colts, Lions, Redskins) did not wear their Color Rush uniforms in 2016 because they did not have a Color Rush game.
The Lions have announced that they will wear Color Rush uniform on Dec. 16 since they don’t have a Thursday Night Football game in 2017.
2017 Thursday Night Football schedule
- Sept 7: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
- Sept. 14: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
- Sept. 21: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
- Sept. 28: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
- Oct. 5: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Oct. 12: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
- Oct. 19: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
- Oct. 26: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens
- Nov. 2: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
- Nov. 9: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
- Nov. 16: Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving): New York Giants at Washington Redskins
- Nov. 30: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
- Dec. 7: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
- Dec. 14: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
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