What the NFL Can Do to Protect the Integrity of Its Injury-Ravaged Game

October 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne caught his foot in the turf and ruptured his ACL on Sunday Night Football, he wasn't the only one crying.
For Colts fans, Wayne was the bridge between their glorious past and their glorious future. A six-time Pro Bowl wideout whose injury snapped a 189-game streak of showing up for work, Wayne was making a run at supplanting former teammate Marvin Harrison in the Colts' franchise record book.
Worse yet, the Colts were trying to make a run at the Super Bowl.
As Andrew Luck—one of the NFL's brightest young stars—took to the podium to put the blame on his shoulders, football fans everywhere shuddered at one of the most brutal NFL Sundays in recent memory.
Wayne joined a slew of high-profile starters who went down in Week 7, bringing up an uncomfortable truth: As family-friendly and globally marketable as the NFL is, it's still an inherently violent game that puts players on the ground, on golf carts, on backboar...

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