Will the Vikings wear a throwback uniform in 2019?

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It has been a while since the Minnesota Vikings have taken the field in a throwback uniform. But could this change for the 2019 season?

Since debuting new uniforms in 2013, the Minnesota Vikings haven’t ever turned back the clock for one game and worn a throwback uniform. It’s a bit of a surprise given how long the Vikings have been an NFL franchise (since 1961).

Minnesota took part in the league’s Color Rush uniform fiasco in 2016. But for some reason, they haven’t sported any of their old uniform designs during a matchup since the 2011 season.

However, recent uniform news about a fellow member of the NFC North may indicate that some throwback threads could be in the works for the Vikings for the upcoming season.

Last Friday, the Chicago Bears announced that they will be wearing a throwback uniform during their Week 4 matchup against Minnesota next season. The uniform is a replica of what the Bears players wore all the way back in 1936.


With this news, could the Vikings also be suiting up in a throwback jersey for their Week 4 showdown against Chicago?

Considering the NFL is making 2019 all about celebrating the league’s 100th year anniversary, there at least seems to be a chance that Minnesota could take the field in a throwback uniform next season.

For 2019, the Bears are one of many teams that will be sporting an old uniform design during one of their games. The Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers are among those that will also be wearing a throwback uniform at some point next season.

Preventing the Vikings from wearing a uniform design from the past has been the NFL’s rule regarding the number of helmets a player can have per season. Currently, the rule only allows for one helmet per player. This means that any throwback uniform that has a different color helmet than a team’s current design cannot be worn.

The rule was supposedly put in place to improve player safety. But it doesn’t seem like anyone would be more or less likely to get a head injury if they had two of the exact same model helmets at their use in a season.

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Until this specific rule is adjusted or eliminated, it seems like it would be difficult for Minnesota to pull off a throwback uniform anytime soon.