(NBC Sports) -- The news that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't wear their Bucco Bruce throwback helmets comes a month after two NFL safety committees concluded that throwback helmets are a bad idea.

The league office passed along to PFT a memo that was sent to the clubs in August, saying that when throwback uniforms are worn, helmets should not be changed.

"Our Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, chaired by Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen, and the Player Safety Advisory Panel, chaired by John Madden and Ronnie Lott, have recommended that players no longer wear different helmets as part of a 'Throwback' or 'Third' uniform," the memo from the league office said. "Our office supports this change and has reviewed it with the chairman of our Health and Safety ownership committee, Dr. John York, who concurs with this recommendation."

The league office told all teams planning to wear throwback uniforms this season that players must wear their regular helmets on throwback dates. The outside of the helmet can be modified by removing or replacing decals, but the helmet itself must stay the same. Once players have properly fitted helmets that they're comfortable wearing, the NFL doesn't want them changing helmets during the season just for appearances.

We're told that some teams aren't yet sure whether to go ahead with plans to wear throwback uniforms. The Cowboys, for instance, planned to wear their throwbacks with white helmets on Thanksgiving, and it's not yet known whether they will blend throwback jerseys with regular helmets, or just scrap the throwback uniforms entirely.

The Falcons, whose throwback uniforms include their classic red helmets as opposed to their current black shells,announced their uniform schedule prior to the beginning of the season, and it appears that they did not intend to wear their throwback uniforms at all this season.

Their uniforms for each game this season are listed below:

Game WeekOpponentHome/AwayJersey/Pants Color
Week 1 (P)CincinnatiHomeRed/White
Week 2 (P)BaltimoreAwayWhite
Week 3 (P)TennesseeAwayWhite
Week 4 (P)JacksonvilleHomeRed/White
Week 1New OrleansAwayRed/White
Week 2St. LouisHomeRed/White
Week 3MiamiAwayRed/White
Week 4New EnglandHomeRed/White
Week 5New York JetsHomeRed/White
Week 7Tampa BayHomeRed/White
Week 8ArizonaAwayWhite
Week 9CarolinaAwayWhite
Week 10SeattleHomeRed/White
Week 11Tampa BayAwayWhite
Week 12New OrleansHomeRed/White
Week 13BuffaloAwayWhite
Week 14Green BayAwayWhite
Week 15WashingtonHomeRed/White
Week 16San FranciscoAwayWhite
Week 17CarolinaHomeRed/White

The team notes that they have two uniforms: home (red jerseys with white pants) and away (white jerseys with white pants) uniforms.

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