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By Sam Gardner, FOXSports.com

Last season, an 11-year-old boy convinced the NFL to use pink penalty flags for one game as part of its breast cancer awareness initiative.

This year, the league decided to use the pink penalty markers throughout its October campaign, but after the hankies drew the ire of fans and broadcasters alike on Sunday, the NFL has decided to shelve the idea going forward.

According to USA Today, the NFL will return to its traditional yellow flags starting in Week 6, even though the breast cancer awareness campaign runs through Week 7. The change came after many watching Sundayís games found themselves confusing the playersí pink sweat towels for penalty markers when they dropped to the turf.