The Clearest, Most Concise Argument Regarding The NFL’s New 18-Game Schedule You’ll Hear
Howie Long recently spoke out against the proposed 18-game NFL schedule, which some owners have already said is all but assured, on "Fox NFL Sunday."
Long, citing the injury risk two more games would add to an already-dangerous sport, says that team owners aren't taking into account the toll a longer schedule will take on players, or the effects it will have on them when they're done playing.
"Eleven surgeries, multiple broken bones, and seventeen years away from the game have given me a perspective on the price that you will pay to play the game," Long said.
A quick rundown of Long's proposed rule changes if the new schedule becomes a reality:
- Expanding game-day rosters from 45 players to 55 players.
- Designating 4 of these new players for special teams only.
- Pushing official team activity (mini-camps, practices, etc.) from mid-March to May 1st.
- An extra bye week, effectively dividing the season into thirds.
Long's suggestions sound both feasible and necessary: NFL players are flesh and bone (lots of flesh, lots of bone, but still) and need to be protected. An 18-game schedule could lead to an unprecedented amount of injuries, unless the NFL takes steps to protect its athletes.
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