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PFT-Anquan Boldin: Thursday games compromise player safety

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
safety.

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.
Totally feel for the players on this. I can't imagine knocking heads with world class athletes on a Sunday night and having to do it again on Thursday night. IMO it also puts the traveling team at way to much of a disadvantage. The road teams don't even get a full practice in before they have to travel for the game. Not to mention they're always division games which makes it even more important. Love the extra football during the week but if the players and coaches hate it this bad it should be stopped. Keep the turkey day games and call it good.
Yep
The thing I don't understand about Thursday games is, you can have them still and not really hurt the players. Why not have it week 1, then have them again after bye weeks start and just make sure the 2 teams that play TNF both had a bye week the week before? How hard would that be?
Originally posted by matt49er:
The thing I don't understand about Thursday games is, you can have them still and not really hurt the players. Why not have it week 1, then have them again after bye weeks start and just make sure the 2 teams that play TNF both had a bye week the week before? How hard would that be?

This is what I believe in too ^^^^
I really dont like NFL network and have been thinking this for a while now. All i remember is that stupid azz baltimore game when the niners had to travel across country and had no prep time. I also hate their commentators especially mike maycock. Rich Eisen is a tool and has no businezs being a host of anything. He just sounds dumb. thursday night games are dumb and risk injury
Boldin just telling it like it is.
Boldin needs to STFU and enjoy his annual $6 million salary.
Originally posted by AB81Rules:
Originally posted by matt49er:
The thing I don't understand about Thursday games is, you can have them still and not really hurt the players. Why not have it week 1, then have them again after bye weeks start and just make sure the 2 teams that play TNF both had a bye week the week before? How hard would that be?

This is what I believe in too ^^^^

Thanks, I've thought about it a lot and I still can't find any downside to it at all
  • Garcia
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They should make it only thursday night games after a bye week. Or at the very least before a monday night game.
it should be solely used by the Europa League only
more money for a NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION....also know as

NFL.... we all pay taxes yet this money making machine gets to cash in for free. yeah the US GOV needs to get their heads out of their assess and recoup unpaid taxes so that our GOV can get out of this shutdown mode
Originally posted by susweel:
Boldin needs to STFU and enjoy his annual $6 million salary.

I'd rather listen to him than listen to you tho....
Originally posted by kray28:
Originally posted by susweel:
Boldin needs to STFU and enjoy his annual $6 million salary.

I'd rather listen to him than listen to you tho....

good for you but he aint joining this forum any time soon.
Originally posted by AB81Rules:
Originally posted by matt49er:
The thing I don't understand about Thursday games is, you can have them still and not really hurt the players. Why not have it week 1, then have them again after bye weeks start and just make sure the 2 teams that play TNF both had a bye week the week before? How hard would that be?

This is what I believe in too ^^^^


Originally posted by Garcia:
They should make it only thursday night games after a bye week. Or at the very least before a monday night game.


All of these.