By The Numbers: What Is The Risk To Players During The NFL Preseason?

August 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every year each team in the NFL has four or five preseason games, and every year there are multiple players injured during these games.  These injuries are often used as proof that preseason games represent an unnecessary risk for players, especially veteran players.  
William C. Rhoden of The New York Times recently did a piece using the near injury of Brett Favre and the gash on Eli Manning’s forehead as cautionary tales against the playing of preseason games.  Rhoden makes the case that the NFL needs to eliminate preseason games and reduce the length of training camp to protect its players “who give body and blood to make the league a multibillion-dollar enterprise.” 
It is hard to argue with Rhoden’s stance, especially considering that the first two weeks of the NFL preseason have seen Washington Redskins’ franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb and Houston ...

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