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NFL players workout at their own risk (peril)

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 13, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    One G.M. “waiting for the first ACL tear” at player-organized workouts
    Posted by Michael David Smith on May 13, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Scores of NFL players have taken it upon themselves to organize practices on their own to stay in shape and build team chemistry during the lockout, and in general those players have been lauded for their commitment and dedication. But are these workouts really such a good idea?

    Don Banks of Sports Illustrated talked to one NFL general manager who thinks it’s just a matter of time before some player comes to seriously regret participating in a lockout workout.

    “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 G.M. said.

    The general manager said he doesn’t believe the players are going to have the right kind of training and medical staff on hand for their own workouts, which only heightens the risk of injury.

    “[A]s soon as a prominent player pops an ACL in some high school gym or at some college, what’s going to be the reaction? If someone breaks a leg, who’s there to help? As a GM, the thing that makes me nervous is the what-ifs that could happen without supervision, specifically from a training standpoint,” he said. “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.”

    An unnamed NFL agent also expressed some worries about the risk of injury.

    “People should realize that if players get hurt now, on their own time, that’s a non-football injury and they don’t have to be paid or have their contracts honored after that,” the agent said. “I tell my guys to work out, but under supervision that is professional and to be careful. They have to stay in shape from a cardiovascular and strength standpoint, but other than that I don’t know how important it is to go out and play touch football.”

    So maybe Reggie Bush has the right idea.
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

    Mar 5, 2006
    more scare tactics.
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    But yet Goodell says the NFL would still retain the right to hold players accountable via the league's disciplinary policies?

    Screw this lapdog.
  4. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    And what about people like Ochostinko who attempted to ride a bull last weekend? What would have happened if things did not go well for him?

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