Will 18 NFL Games be Positive or Negative for Injury Management?

August 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL expanding its regular season to 18 games seems unjustifiable outside of money.
Essentially, there is no expansion of the schedule at all. The plan is this—take the last two preseason games (there are four total) and make them count.
But, tell that to the starters who usually played in only two preseason games anyway. Now they almost have to play in 20 straight weeks, albeit not for many downs in preseason, in hopes of making the playoffs. I say 20 straight weeks because some will feel they have to play in both preseason games in order to get acclimated to game-time situations.
This means more games that count, more competitive downs, and more jarring hits. And despite all of that, less time to recover.
Career-ending injuries can happen at any moment, in any sport, on any level. Head injuries, though, can be the silent killer.
It seems hypocritical to me that the NFL will ultimately make this change to 18 games with the shadow of Chris Henry'...

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