Richard Sherman limped off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon, ending his season. He was just one of a host of players knocked out of the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.
“It’s a good division win, a good team win,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said afterward, “but it’s hard to truly appreciate it when you see a lot of guys go down with minor injuries, serious injuries.”
Players don’t like Thursday night football, and the injuries that hit the Seahawks and Cardinals are examples of why.
It’s just too difficult, they say, to play that soon after Sunday.
“It’s kind of hard to get back out there and recover,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “That’s why you see so many injuries on Thursday night. You want to give the fans what they want, but also be able to protect the players as much as you can.
“Sometimes I feel like Thursday night football doesn’t give them the opportunity to protect them.”
At least seven players left the game with injuries, including knee injuries to Arizona’s starting left tackle D.J. Humphries and the team’s leading tackler, safety Tyvon Branch. Both could be headed for injured reserve, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.
Asked if Thursday night football is unsafe, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said “It’s a challenge.”
“It’s a real challenge for our players,” he said. “Our guys did it and their guys did it. It’s a great event for everyone, but it’s very difficult and very challenging.” Read More…
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