NFL switching back to yellow penalty flags after one week of pink

Pink penalty flags are now a collector's item. (USATSI)
Pink penalty flags are now a collector's item. (USATSI)

If you liked the pink penalty flags NFL officials were using in Week 5, hopefully you got your fill of them because they're not coming back. An NFL spokesman has confirmed to USA Today that yellow flags will be returning in Week 6. 

The NFL used pink flags in Week 5 as part of its annual breast cancer awareness initiative, but combined with all the other pink things on the field, the flags were hard to keep track of on television. 

During the league's breast cancer awareness initiative from Weeks 5 thru 7, players are allowed to wear pink cleats, gloves, wristbands, sideline towels, pretty much pink anything they want. The sideline towels and quarterback towels were causing the most confusion because when they ended up on the field, they looked like a penalty flag.

The pink flags are the only thing being tossed by the NFL, all players are still allowed to wear pink thru Week 7.  

Monday's game between the Jets and Falcons will be the final pink flag game of 2013, so remember to cherish the pink flags every time a penalty's called.

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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