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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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Comments

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
 

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

Can't expect them to sit on their couches all until the lock out ends then show up ready to go.  There would be a lot more injuries if they did that.
That's true, but I think the point was its the players who won't be as eager to work out -- especially the free agents looking for new, big, contracts.  If you don't have a contract and blow out your ACL, you have no medical benefits (unless you are carrying your own insurance) and definitely no team is going to give a big signing bonus to a player who is going to miss the season with an ACL tear.  These unofficial workouts, while probably necessary, could cost a player millions of dollars if he gets hurt.

If you get hurt in OTAs or other workouts under a CBA -- you get free medical and at least the guaranteed portion of your contract or an injury settlement.




Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:28 pm
 

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

They get hurt all the time in the off-season playing basketball or riding motorcycles, at least this is football related.   Can't expect them to sit on their couches all until the lock out ends then show up ready to go.  There would be a lot more injuries if they did that.



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:27 pm
 

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

I dont think that they are any more injury prone because they arent team sanctioned. However, because they arent team sanctioned that means that the teams wouldnt be responsible for any injury, or medical bills.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:22 pm
 

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

The GM is an idiot.

I'm all for these workouts. 



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:19 pm
 

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

What am I missing?  Players are prone to injury because...these aren't team-sanctioned workouts?  Are we to believe that any other off-season, these guys wouldn't be working hard right now to get ready for the upcoming season & therefore somewhat risking injury?  Would this mystery GM suggest they stick to mall walking and yoga until the league/labor mess is resolved?



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:19 pm
 

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

Sounds kind of bitter to me.  The unknown GM (makes me think of pro wrestling a little) says that if someone gets injured, the workouts stop.  Well, what would he say if they are sitting on their butts (Reggie Bush talked about enjoying his free time...Albert Haynesworth got in more trouble...).  I guess that is ok with them or him, but to me, it looks like someone is trying, that they miss football, and seriously want to play.  It sounds like effort which we never hear about from the meetings at all.  Are we going to get football or more comments from the unknown GM? I would like the first choice please


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