Richard Sherman, a vocal critic, due to safety concerns, of the NFL’s playing games on Thursday nights, was lost for the season last night when he suffered a ruptured Achilles during the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Though that meant the outspoken cornerback wasn’t available to comment after the contest, his teammates assumed the mantle for him.
“It’s extremely tough. You look at the game, you watch the game, you see guys dropping down on both sides with serious injuries, minor injuries,” said Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. “We play a very physical game, a physical sport, so to ask us to turn around and be ready after Sunday—to turn around and have our bodies okay for that Thursday, it’s really tough to for us to do. Hopefully they look at it and see what’s happening and change this format.”
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a more blunt response: “Thursday night football should be illegal.”
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 10, 2017
Baldwin, who suffered a groin injury in warmups but played anyway, also shot down the idea that Thursday night games benefit teams by giving them extra rest ahead of the succeeding week’s game.
I told Doug Baldwin that people have made the argument that the week and a half players get off after Thursday nights offsets the injury concerns. His response? “Tell them fu** you.”
— Matt Calkins (@Matt_Calkins) November 10, 2017
What I think he means is, getting three extra days of rest one week doesn’t retroactively make one healthy for a Thursday game for which a team isn’t physically prepared.
Last year, Sherman told reporters that his body is only 50 or 60 percent recovered from the previous game when he plays on Sunday.
“It’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before.” the corner said. “They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger.”