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GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 3:54 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Given the current labor climate, it's been pretty impressive to see NFL players in various cities rally around the leaders of their respective teams and start firing up some offseason workouts.

But it's easy to be optimistic when nothing's going wrong -- in a piece that ran Friday, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated talked to a GM who expressed concern about the future of these workouts once a major injury happens.

"Quite honestly, I'm waiting for the first ACL tear that happens and then we'll see if anyone talks about how great this whole workout program is for these young guys," the GM said. "I just think the potential downside outweighs the benefit. I know that's probably not conventional thinking, considering the Redskins won two championships off this kind of thing. [...]

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"Let someone lose their quarterback for eight months because he slipped and hurt something, be it a Drew Brees, a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, then we'll see how fast these camps continue."

The unnamed GM is correct -- if someone who is a) extremely notable or b) angling for a new contract suffers a major injury during these workouts, they'll probably come to a quick halt.

And while freak injuries are a part of exercising (for anyone), it's worth noting that these voluntary workouts aren't exactly conducive to serious injury problems -- Brees noted that players "take a risk by being here" but also pointed out that there's "absolutely no contact."

And from the perspective of the players involved, it also helps to keep them together at a time when they appear to need unity more than ever.

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:33 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Yes, the niners have been ready to "dominate the next 20 years for the last five years now.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:21 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:50 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

So I'm sure that this GM would be happy to get rid of the four preseason games and cut 20 percent from all season ticketholders' invoices? Of course not. So shut up. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:42 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

If this GM is so damned concerned let him go to the owner and the Commish and say "hey" let us get a deal done before you ruin my teams chances of winning the Division or going to the Super Bowl. GM's should keep their mouths shut, this GM is all for the Owners not the players, however if his QB gets hurt or one of his "talented" players it might cost him his job, but then again probably not because the owners are gutless anyway. The owners do not care if these guys get hurt they can cut them put them on the IR and not pay them, they can go back and say the player did it during the lock out. I do not see a football season this year, the Commish and the owners have their heads up their rectums so far they will never see daylight in 2011.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:23 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

The workouts are a farce to begin with. The veterans putting on these workouts are the same guys that want less training camps and take OTA's off every year. It's a fake front to try to get the fans on their side as if they "just wanna play football" and it's not about the money. There have already been multiple players saying the workouts are worthless.

As for the injury thing, it's true. They don't have medical coverage or the attnetion of the trainers. They don't have the assistants running water around, medical staff standing by and endless supplies for any injury possible. They don't have the physical therapist/trainers that stretch everyone out and keep tabs on all the tiny things that happen to a player.  Even if they have some equipment, its not equivalent to a real practice. A player who gets hurt during one of these things could lose a lot and the fact is, most of these guys could probably stay in as good of shape working out with a personal trainer and it would be safer. Freak injuries always happen somewhere...but at least there is usually a top-notch staff and facility to help the player as best they can.

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:18 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

So how about this anonymous GM and all the other bosses\players quit screwing around and go back to trying to work out a deal, so that these workouts become unnecessary?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:17 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?


Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:04 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Anyone that thinks the NFL let the Saints win their Superbowl is an IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:51 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

It's not that they're more at risk outaide of OTAs or mini-camps then what they arecurrently doing. (I'd argue that they are more at risk if there was no lockout).

The risk the players take is if they suffer a serious injury then they have to bear the cost of rehab. In addition, free agents bear the risk of not being able to sign a contract if no team wants to undertake the possibility the injured may not return to his previous state.
The risk the teams take is if a star goes down and they're lost for a significant period of time when/if there is football.

In either case, if any of those scenarios were to happen, the shouts to end the lockout would increase,

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:38 pm

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Of course the Quarterbacks don't mind these pointless workouts. They just stand there and throw while everyone else runs around for them.  Brees is such a tool. The only way the NFL lets him and the aints win another Super Bowl is if another Katrina happens.

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