San Francisco receiver Anquan Boldin
believes the NFL's slate of Thursday night
games shows that the league's owners are
more concerned about revenue for NFL
Network than they are about player
Boldin told the San Jose Mercury News
that he believes the league does deserve
some credit for certain player safety
measures, like mandating that players get
cleared by independent neurologists
before they can return to the field after
suffering head injuries. That doesn't
mean Boldin is on board with everything
the league is doing, though.
"But there are some things that just don't
make sense to me," Boldin said. "I mean
if you're so concerned about player safety
then why do you have every team in the
league playing on Thursday night when
they just competed on a Sunday , knowing
how difficult it is for guys to get back to
being healthy after playing on Sunday?
Guys really don't feel like they're back till
probably Thursday or Friday to prepare
for that next week."
Boldin also said that some of the league's
safety measures are about "covering their
butt," and he said that he generally
doesn't think the owners care as much
about players' health as they'd like the
public to believe.
"The league can say they're doing things
to protect guys, but I'm not one of the
guys buying it," Boldin said.