Chris Canty's Facemask OK'ed By NFL

Terrell Suggs and Chris Canty are wearing similar facemasks this season. Canty recently received medical clearance from the NFL to wear it in 2013. - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Canty was granted a medical exemption to wear his multi-barred facemask for the upcoming 2013 season.

Offensive linemen have grown accustomed to Chris Canty's bizarre-looking facemask, potentially adding an intimidation factor during games.

Even Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis joined in on the act a year ago.

To continue using the facemask, Canty had to file a medical clearance to the league office for approval. Canty's appeal was granted and he'll be able to continue using the facemask, according to NFL.com.

Canty suffered an eye injury in 2005 and feels the need for the added protection on the field.

It's unknown what Suggs' medical condition is, though he was wearing the facemask against Tampa Bay on Thursday. Suggs and Canty are essentially wearing the same facemasks, which is six horizontal bars and three vertical bars.

Around the NFL, Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys have attempted to wear similar facemasks and the league refused. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, Canty's former teammate, also had a similar facemask cleared for medical reasons.

Most recently, Indianapolis Colts' defensive end asked the NFL if he could wear one but was told he couldn't.


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