NFL roundup: Bills-Jets uniforms tough for colorblind

Associated Press

Orchard Park, N.Y. — The NFL isn’t turning a blind eye to fans who had difficulty distinguishing between the all-red Bills and all-green Jets on Thursday night.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL intends to incorporate a colorblindness test when designing its “Color Rush” alternate jerseys for next season.

“The standard television test did not account for colorblindness for fans at home that became apparent last night,” McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “We will enhance our testing to include a colorblindness analysis to better address this issue in the future.”

McCarthy was responding to concerns raised by colorblind fans who couldn’t tell which team was which during Buffalo’s 22-17 win.

Various studies have found that red-green color blindness is the most prevalent and affects 10 million to 13 million Americans, a vast majority of them males.

The game was the first of four on Thursday night this season in which teams will wear the alternate uniforms. The Lions-Packers game on Dec. 3 is not among those.

Extra points

Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has undergone a second round of stem cell treatments in Mexico as he works toward returning to Green Bay for the Packers’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears.

... Nancy Irsay, the second wife of late Colts owner Robert Irsay, has died. She was 65.

Personnel dept.

Browns coach Mike Pettine wouldn’t reveal whether Josh McCown (ribs) or Johnny Manziel will start at quarterback on Sunday against the Steelers, who are playing their own guessing game with Ben Roethlisberger (foot). Roethlisberger was listed as questionable.

... Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has not yet completed the NFL protocol for returning from a concussion, but coach Mike Zimmer expects him to start Sunday at Oakland.

... Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had surgery to repair his injured left thumb and running back Zac Stacy had surgery on his broken left ankle. Coach Todd Bowles says Fitzpatrick is on track to return for the Jets’ next game at Houston on Nov. 22, but Stacy is out for the season.

... Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said he is “still compiling information” before deciding whether he needs a second surgery on his injured groin, one that likely would end his season.

... Washington middle linebacker Keenan Robinson is listed as questionable vs. the Saints with a shoulder injury.

... St. Louis cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was fined $23,152 by the NFL for his hit on Bridgewater.

... Tennessee linebacker David Bass was docked $17,363 for a hit to the jaw of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

... Denver safety T.J. Ward was fined $17,363 for a hit on Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton — and $5,787 for having his jersey untucked.