Should the NFL Eliminate Pre-Season Games?

Published on 16-Aug-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Should the NFL Eliminate Pre-Season Games?

Injuries have always been part of the NFL. It's football, for goodness sakes!

But the rash of injuries hitting the NFL lately has some wonderers questioning whether the NFL should either limit pre-season games or eliminate them all together.

The pre-season is good for two things: checking out new talent and relatively cheap entertainment for fans who wouldn't regularly get to see a game in person. Well, three things: more money for the teams and league.

In fact, other than for the fans, why do the starters have to play, anyway? I mean, we know already what Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson can do.

And speaking of Brady, Patriots fans almost had a heart attack after hearing that Brady was hurt in practice and limped off the field. As it turns out, he only sprained his knee, but for a moment, there, the quest for world peace almost got wiped off the front page.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White hurt his ankle in a game Thursday night. Luckily for the Falcons, the MRI was negative, and he'd sprained an ankle. Code red was averted.

I can understand the need for starters to practice, but the way things are going right now, I wouldn't risk my starters getting hurt in a pre-season game or through contact in practice. I would take the Mike Shanahan approach to the way he has handled RGIII.

If you're a key performer, you can practice, but you won't be playing. Either that, or the NFL simply needs to eliminate the pre-season altogether and just let the fans watch practice.

The only problem is the NFL wouldn't be making as much money as they do now, which is, of course, the real reason why we have pre-season games. 

But what's losing a few dollars if it means you're able to preserve your best players?

Then again, don't expect anyone in the NFL use the phrase losing a few dollars in a sentence anytime soon if they want tokeep their jobs.

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