Host Larry Michael announced on "Redskins Nation" on Wednesday that the Washington Redskins will not be wearing a "Color Rush" uniform for the 2016 season.*
Last season, the National Football League began its "Color Rush" campaign, in which eight teams, playing on Thursday Night Football, wore alternate — mostly "color-on-color" — uniforms.
The Washington Redskins were not among the teams to have a Color Rush uniform in 2015, and they apparently won't be among an apparently expanded group of teams to show off alternate digs in 2016, either.
Larry Michael, host of "Redskins Nation," announced on the show Wednesday that "there will be no Color Rush uniforms for the Redskins for 2016."
The reasoning? The Redskins aren't playing on Thursday Night Football for this upcoming season. Instead, they are squaring off against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, a 4:30 p.m. ET matchup Nov. 24 that will be televised nationally on FOX.
"They are playing a Thursday afternoon on Thanksgiving Day," Michael said. "They don't have to wear the Color Rush uniforms."
So I suppose that settles that.
NFL fans everywhere got in a frenzy late last week when an unverified Twitter account posted what was believed by many to be a leaked photo of the Color Rush themes for 30 of the league's 32 teams. Though the Redskins and Tennessee Titans were the only two teams omitted from that page, the account followed up with a tweet that said "Page 2 of color rush leak; TEN: Red, WSH: Black."
Since the release of that "leak," however, there have already been some discrepancies. The Pittsburgh Steelers, for example, had a gold color next to their logo on the "leaked" Color Rush photo, but team President Art Rooney said his team will wear either black-on-black or white-on-white for its Color Rush game this season.
"We had our options," Rooney said. "We had some presentations from Nike in terms of what the options were, and we decided our color-option was going to be black, and the default option is going to be white. When you're the road team, the home team gets to decide what it's wearing."
So that means the Cowboys, who are known to wear alternative uniforms on their Thanksgiving Day matchups anyway, will have their choice of uniform come Nov. 24. For a point of reference, the Cowboys wore an alternate blue-on-white jersey combination the last time the two teams faced off on Thanksgiving — a 38-31 Redskins victory Nov. 22, 2012 — while the Redskins wore their white jerseys on gold pants.
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