Similar to our interview Thursday with Bengals LT (and NFLPA player rep) Andrew Whitworth – who is rather cool to the idea of an expanded 18-game regular-season schedule unless the players receive increased health care or decreased contact during practices – CBSSports.com senior writer Clark Judge spoke to some New York Giants players Thursday to get their opinions.
Not surprisingly, their thoughts weren’t much different than Whitworth’s.
A sampling of quotes. One from DE Justin Tuck: "You're going to have a lot of disgruntled players if this happens. I don't see how it benefits the NFL. I think it's going to cause more problems than solutions."
And one from C Shaun O’Hara: "It's hard enough to get through 16 (games), and that's our No. 1 concern -- the injury factor. I think everybody knows the injury rate in the NFL is 100 percent. There isn't a player who hasn't been injured. It's not a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of 'when.' So if you tell the players that you're going to increase their opportunities for injury, of course, we're all very hesitant to commit to that."
Even if a change like this doesn’t make sense for the players, it’s not hard to see that this adjustment will be made – perhaps as early as the 2012 season. Yeah, it might suck for the players, who will end up getting concessions from the owners because of the change, while causing more injuries and shortening careers. But it’s a win-win for the fans and the game in general. No matter Tuck’s opinion, an expanded schedule does benefit the game, and that’s probably enough to make it happen.
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