The unofficial NFL players against Thursday Night time Football squad keeps growing, with Ben Roethlisberger being the most recent to join the army.
Talking with reporters on Monday, Roethlisberger stated that the Thursday night games are “miserable” and that the NFL needs to eliminate them:
Ben Roethlisberger joins gang of NFL players railing on TNF when asked on weekly radio express about difficulties of Thurs turnaround: pic.twitter.com/1qw6da9oTw – Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 13, 2017
Roethlisberger and the Steelers are set to defend myself against the Titans found in Pittsburgh this Thursday, which sparked his comments.
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In Week 10, the Seahawks and Cardinals played a Thursday game that wasn’t productive for either team, despite the fact that Seattle came away with the win. The Cardinals acquired D.J. Humphries and Tyvon Branch suffer accidents. The Seahawks, however, lost six starters, including Richard Sherman for the growing season. Sherman started the anti-Thursday night movement last season, when he called the overall game an “absolute poopfest.”
The injuries from last week’s game prompted a fairly strong reaction from Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. “This shit ought to be illegal,” he said. “It is not OK. It’s not Fine. You can quotation me on that.”
The issue with Thursday games may be the short turnaround time. Football – specifically at the NFL level – is a game with violent impact on every perform that takes a toll on your body. Three-day turnarounds aren’t close to enough time for full recovery, and last week’s game was a prime example.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner provided a possible option, suggesting that teams that would be taking part in on Thursdays have a bye week the week before.
Regardless, the more noise is made about how bad these games are for player security, the closer we reach something being done about them. Whether that’s an contract to how they’re organized on the program, or whether they’re abolished all together has yet to be seen.