The Detroit Lions haven’t worn their throwback uniforms on Thankgiving Day since 2010. Tom Lewand admitted that it might be time to bring them back, however it doesn’t sound like that will be happening this year.
This morning’s tweet from DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman seems to seal the deal:
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 27, 2013
New NFL uniform/safety rules prohibit teams from wearing throwbacks that require a different helmet than the team normally wears. That resulted in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrapping their plans to wear their “creamsicle” unis featuring the beloved Bucco Bruce. However, that rule has no impact on the Lions because all that is required is the removal of decals, not a separate helmet.
Reebok was the exclusive uniform provider the last time the Lions wore throwbacks. When Nike took over the contract last year the Lions were quick to adopt some of the fabric technology Nike has to offer and indicated a willingness to work with them on an alternate uniform but nothing has come of it yet.
Maybe next year.