• By Philip Green

Injuries plaguing the NFL

The first couple weeks of the NFL season is in the books. With an abbreviated offseason, the talk was whether players would be mentally ready when the games began with no pre-season games, barely any training camps, and no rookie minicamps. With very little live reps to make mistakes and learn from them, would players be able to learn the playbooks and new schemes?

As important as the X’s and O’s of football are, many forgot to ask whether players would be physically ready due to the lack of an offseason. In less than three weeks,

NFL stars like Von Miller, Saquan Barkley, Courtland Sutton, Christain McCaffrey, and several others have suffered injuries that will sideline them for many games. The pandemic has made it hard for even the best athletes in the world to maintain their workout regimen and get their bodies ready to compete.

We can’t say for sure that the pandemic is the sole reason for all these major injuries, but if they continue, it might be time to consider that we fans were starving for football and pressured the NFL to rush these players back before they were ready. Preparation for a regular NFL season starts shortly after the draft, which is three or so months before the first game. This year, that was not the case and players’ bodies are unfortunately paying the price.

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