Posted September 23, 2013

Report: NFL resumes pursuit of 18-game schedule

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The NFL wants the NFLPA to agree to an 18-game schedule. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

ProFootballTalk reports that the NFL has resumed efforts to get the NFLPA to agree to an 18-game regular season.

The union’s refusal to expose players to additional injuries has been a roadblock to expanding the NFL’s regular-season schedule. A possible approach could include the NFL reducing preseason games to two and adding two regular-season games — but limiting each player’s participation to 16 games.

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From ProFootballTalk:

Injuries would make those decisions easier.  Lions running back Reggie Bush, for example, already would have one of his two games off in the bank after Sunday’s decision by the team to play it safe with his knee injury.

Likewise, exceptions could be made for specialists and quarterbacks, who already have greater in-game protections and compensation than other players.

The concept would cause strong reactions, in both directions.  Though a union source has described the possibility of an 18-game season with a 16-game limit per player as “fascinating,” many fans would disagree.  Loudly.


7 comments
Cornerss
Cornerss

just make the roster larger if you add 2 games.


Personally i think injuries are up because players got less practices, preseason and contact practices in general.

 I think they forgot what made them better then the rest, hard work....

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

NFL only cares about $.  They could careless about the fans or the players.  

brucemcfarlandoncins1
brucemcfarlandoncins1

I have been preaching this for a couple of years now.  Its a win win.  More players, More games, more intricacy and less preseason games and bye weeks.

SamuelB
SamuelB

Does the CFL play 18 games?  I know, there's no comparison between CFL - NFL, but what do they do to minimize possible injuries do to length of season?

rbeane1956
rbeane1956

Why? So they can maim even more players! The season is to long as it is.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Anything would beat those useless pre-season tilts that the players don't even get paid for...