The Seattle Seahawks will host the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night, but if it were up to at least one player—Seattle All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman—and most NFL fans, no team would have to recover from a game and prepare for another one in three days.
According to Sherman, Thursday Night Football is a "poopfest. It's terrible."
"We got home like 1 o'clock in the morning, something like that on Monday and then you've got to play again," continued Sherman, who said his body will only be about 50 to 60 percent recovered from his team's loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they've been doing it all season, so I guess we're the last ones to get the middle finger."
The three-time Pro Bowler has been vocal about the NFL's hypocrisy regarding player safety. He says Thursday Night Football games fall into the league's pattern of disregarding the health of players while assuring fans that the opposite is true.
"It's just no regard," Sherman said. "It's hypocritical, as I've stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety. Then you put the players in tremendous danger.
"We'll be well-aware come the next CBA negotiations about things like this. There's really not much you can do right now. It's part of the revenue, etc., etc. And the league probably has something else up their sleeve. They might have a Friday night game planned. Who knows?"