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Thursday night games are no good for players

Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:39 pm
R. Lewis isn't a fan of Thursday night football games (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you asked NFL players if they wanted to disband the Thursday night game that begins this week, 99 percent would vote in favor of such a move. That’s the viewpoint of Ravens LB Ray Lewis at least, and that’s what he told the Baltimore Sun.

The main reason: there’s almost no wind-down or preparation time from one game to the next. To wit, the Ravens beat the Dolphins and the Falcons held off the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. Four days later, they'll play each other at the Georgia Dome.

Usually, during a regular NFL work week, Monday is a day for meetings and light workouts. Tuesday is a dark day, when players are off and coaches are game-planning for the next weekend. On Wednesday, practice begins again.

In the Ravens’ case: they practiced Monday and Tuesday, and they traveled to Atlanta today.

Lewis is doing it because it’s part of the business of the NFL, but he also equates the Thursday night game with the 18-game schedule that almost certainly will be implemented in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In other words, he doesn’t want it, because it’s not fair to the players.

"It goes back to the 18-game schedule," Lewis said. "You have to ask yourself a real question when you schedule games like this: Who does it help? Because it doesn’t help the players. That turnaround is just too quick. You go from playing a physical game on Sunday and you have less than four days before you have to physically get back up again. It takes a week for guys to really heal."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:34 pm

Thursday night games are no good for players

How about these guys just shut and play?
They make alot of money playing a childs game and I'm supposed to feel bad becuase they don't get enough days off between to rest and play xbox?

When the season is over they get to go on a 6 month vacation while the rest of us have to go back to work.
These guys make as much as I do in a year that they make in a single game.
Cry me a river.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:54 pm

Thursday night games are no good for players

Somebody should take a poll of the other players in the league.

I'm inclined to think Lewis is right, but I'd like to hear from more players, so I don't have to trust this loudmouth.

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