- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2022

ASHBURN —The Burgundy and Gold are about to become the Black and Gold. 

The Washington Commanders will debut their new black jerseys in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Players wore their black-colored helmets in Wednesday’s practice, providing a glimpse of what’s to come this weekend. 

The Commanders introduced the alternates at Washington‘s rebrand in February. Team president Jason Wright said the franchise went with the alternate because of fan feedback during the rebranding process. They were part of three uniforms the Commanders unveiled, also going with burgundy-themed and white-themed sets. 

The threads drew positive reactions from players.

“I think they’re sharp,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “Hopefully we execute well wearing them, but I think they’re sharp. I think guys will be excited for it.”

“It’s a really good look,” tackle Sam Cosmi said. 

Normally, coach Ron Rivera is very intentional about Washington‘s uniform selection. In 2020, for instance, he had the team — in the midst of a playoff chase — break out an all-white look (white jerseys on white pants) for big games. Even this season, Rivera said the reason that the Commanders have worn their white jerseys with burgundy pants through the first three games is so that their opponents would have to wear dark jerseys when “it’s still warm out.” 

But Rivera said Wednesday there was no specific reason behind why the Commanders are debuting their alternates for Week 4.

“It’s one of the uniforms we have,” Rivera said. “We thought wearing black would be good.” 

All right, then. 

The Commanders will also wear their alternates at home when Washington hosts the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9 (Nov. 6). 

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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