18-Game NFL Season Is Dangerous To the Players? Give Me a Break

September 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you happened to catch Fox Television's NFL Pregame show on Sunday, you heard Howie Long's rant on the "All Fired Up" segment about the effects an 18 game NFL season will have on the players.
Now, let me clarify right off the bat that I like Howie Long. He is intelligent, opinionated, and very good at what he does. But this rant he gave on the owners proposal to lengthen the current NFL regular season from 16 to 18 games is way off the target and makes no sense. There are currently 20 games played, 16 regular season and four preseason games. With the new proposal there would be the same exact number of games, 20; 18 regular season and two preseason games.
During his speech Long said, "Over the last three seasons, 915  players have ended up on the injured reserve. I repeat, 915 players."
Why, exactly, would this number change? I don't get it. If you add two regular season games and take away two preseason games do you know how many injuries you'd get...

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