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Will Shortening The NFL Preseason Prevent Players Like Jordy Nelson From Suffering Season-Ending Injuries?

Submitted by on August 25, 2015 – 8:42 amNo Comment

On Sunday afternoon, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson tore his ACL and ended his 2015-16 NFL season before it ever really got started. It’s a very unfortunate injury, seeing as how Nelson was taking part in a “meaningless” game when it took place. Preseason contests are nothing more than tune-ups for the star players who take part in them. And Nelson’s injury led to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stepping up and saying that he doesn’t know why the NFL doesn’t just cut the preseason in half and do away with some of the games. In his mind, four preseason games is at least two too many.

“This game doesn’t mean anything,” he said, referring to the Packers second preseason game of the summer. “I think a lot of players around the league probably do [want to eliminate it]. At least cut it down, maybe, to a couple.”

Rodgers is saying what dozens and dozens of players before him have said. There have been so many star players who have been injured in preseason games in the past, so why not just eliminate them altogether? It would reduce the chances of players going down with injuries and make it easier for teams to start the regular season off healthy.

To a degree, Rodgers is 100 percent correct. There’s really no need for guys like Rodgers or Nelson to be exposed to potential injuries during preseason games. However, who’s to say that cutting the preseason short won’t have repercussions, too? Without the preseason, players won’t have the chance to get out and take part in live football. That could lead to more injuries at the start of the regular season. Taking the preseason away would also lead to shorter evaluation times for NFL coaches and could have a detrimental impact on the guys at the bottom of NFL rosters.

Rodgers had the best intentions in mind when he suggested shortening the NFL preseason. And on the surface, we tend to agree with what he said. But we wouldn’t count on the NFL cutting the preseason down anytime soon, and NFL players are just going to have to find a way to deal with it.

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