The NFL has banned the use of players’ helmets in helmets with a hose filter attached.
The league also announced Friday it is removing the players’ helmet filters from helmets sold in the United States.
The NFLPA announced the changes in a news release Friday.
Players will be allowed to wear their helmets in the fall and spring with the filter attached, with the filters being removed by the end of the season, but they won’t be able to wear the filters in any other way.
The players’ filters were designed to remove dust, debris and dirt that collects on players’ heads, and the league has long supported the filters as an option for players with respiratory diseases.
But the NFLPA argued that players have a right to wear helmets that are protected from airborne contaminants.
The NBA has also taken similar action, suspending the use by players and officials of the players hose filters.
The owners of the NBA Players Association, which represents players, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The announcement came as a surprise to the NBA, which has been in discussions with the NFL about the matter.
It is the second major league to announce the use, which it said will take place in September, and comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge in New York last week that temporarily blocked the implementation of the filters.