Griffin III: 'A lot of players' concerned about Thursday night safety

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Robert Griffin III says players have concerns about Thursday night games.
Robert Griffin III says players have concerns about Thursday night games. (USATSI)

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This season, Thursday Night Football comes to CBS, with the mothership broadcasting eight NFL games on Thursday nights. It's an exciting time for the league, but the players don't always love suiting up that early in the week.

In fact, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes "a lot of players" are worried about the safety issues of Thursday night games.

"There are a lot of players out there who feel like there's not enough days in the week for us to be playing on Thursdays," Griffin said in a Hollywood Reporter sports preview. "It's something that the NFL is going to have to address to keep players safe while also trying to maximize revenue."

Thursday night concern isn't anything new, of course. The league broadcast a pile of Thursday night games in 2013. No one likes having to play on a four-day turnaround. Understandably.

But, as Griffin acknowledged, playing on the short turnaround means the following week you get what many players refer to as a "mini bye."

"At the same time, when we get those games on Sunday and Thursday, then we're off for an extended period of time," Griffin said. "Sometimes we look at it as an extra bye week."

Just like everything, there are pros and cons to Thursday night games for players.

It's a delicate balance and what makes scheduling the job of NFL schedule-makers so difficult.

Ratings show, however, just how popular Thursday night games can be (already are). Which means you won't see Thursday night games going anywhere for a time.

 
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