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NFL admits error: Color-blind people had trouble watching Thursday’s Jets-Bills game

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall was unable to make a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby defended during Thursday’s game.
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall was unable to make a catch as Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby defended during Thursday’s game. The Associated Press

Sports uniforms that are all one color are all the rage these days.

Missouri will wear white for Saturday’s game against BYU, the San Francisco 49ers have gone with all black before, and there are many more you can find out there.

On Thursday, you may have noticed the Buffalo Bills wore all red and the New York Jets wore all green.

Actually, if you are red-green color blind, then you didn’t notice. According to the National Eye Institute, people with color blindness aren’t aware of differences among colors that are obvious to the rest of us. And the NEI noted, as many as 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women with Northern European ancestry have the common form of red-green color blindness.

So Deadspin showed us what Thursday’s game looked like to some people (including my brother-in-law):

One former Chiefs player took notice.

UPDATE: The NFL acknowledged the problem on Friday.

“The standard television test did not account for color blindness for fans at home that became apparent last night,” NFL spokesman Brian 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.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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