If you’re an NFL fan, this week more than likely someone on your team got hurt. In what was one of the most brutal weeks for injuries in recent memory, a lot of big names went down and some have even been lost for the year. Injuries are a part of the game as we all know but, seeing a week like we did seems to be pretty uncommon. Now don’t get me wrong, 2020 as a whole has been a wild year so maybe that has something to do with it too. In my opinion though, I think it’s a little more than just 2020 and the one key factor is the lack of a preseason this year…
Look, I’m not here to say I love preseason football because I don’t and yes I do think four games is a waste of time. Buuuutttt, I’m convinced it’s one of the main reasons for a lot of these injuries we are seeing. These players are freak athletes and some of the best conditioned people in the world. Regardless of that, they still need real game reps to make sure they are in the best shape for the regular season. These guys went through a full training camp without really getting hit and had no way to imitate real in game reps.
I know, a lot of these injuries that we saw you literally can’t prevent and I understand that. I really think that lack of warm up games has played a major factor in this and it could continue to be an issue going forward this season. Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton, and Nick Bosa all are done for the year. Solomon Thomas will likely be added to that list along with Malik Hooker and Parris Campbell. Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Lock, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, Sterling Shepard, and AJ Brown will all more than likely be missing a few weeks. Oh and by the way its only week 2 we still have 15 weeks left.
Like I said I know injuries are a part of the game but its really tough to overlook that fact that there was no preseason and now we’re seeing a lot of injuries. Could it just be a coincidence? Sure it could but I’m not buying it, I don’t need four preseason games like years past but I really think we need to have at least two just to get these guys fully ready to go for the regular season. But hey, I’m not Roger Goodell and I’m not an NFL player so I don’t get a say in any of it. This is just one mans opinion after watching 12 hours of football and seeing what felt like over half the league go down with injuries.