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BAMAPHIN 22
08-14-2006, 12:56 PM
Players don’t need camp, exhibitions to prepare when injuries could happen



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Normally, you don't want to find yourself in agreement with Jeremy Shockey. The New York Giants' tight end, while a valuable player, also is something of a caveman. But on the subject of preseason football, Shockey's recent comment that two-a-day practices and four preseason games are a "debacle" and "dangerous" is the only logical position to take.

Of course, the NFL isn't listening, not when the telecast of a preseason game can attract 7 million viewers, which is what happened a week ago. There's far too much money to be made, so the games will continue. And they also will continue to be unnecessarily dangerous, as we saw Sunday night in the game between the Bengals and Redskins (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14336488/).

Only four minutes in, Clinton Portis suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. The starters weren't scheduled to play more than 15 plays, and they didn't; the starting offensive unit took 13, to be exact. But that was long enough for Portis to get hurt. He got crunched while making a tackle after a Mark Brunell pass was intercepted. So Portis got hurt making an earnest effort on a worthless play he shouldn't even have been involved in during a meaningless game. One would think Portis will be ready to start the season, but we're talking about an injured shoulder on a running back.

Suppose it's chronic? Suppose it just nags him to death all season and makes it more difficult than usual to hold on to the football or block a linebacker? Here's what we know for sure: It isn't good that Portis got hurt. It was good to see him standing on the sideline in the second half, but we don't want to read too much into that, either.


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phinphan896
08-14-2006, 01:07 PM
that sux for clinton

BwanaZulia
08-14-2006, 01:07 PM
If they dropped the number of pre-season games the regular season games would just look worse and worse.

People get hurt. This is football.

They get hurt in training camp.

They get hurt ridding their bikes without helmets.

They get hurt in the post-season.

The key is, don't get hurt.

BZ

Alex44
08-14-2006, 01:13 PM
If they dropped the number of pre-season games the regular season games would just look worse and worse.

People get hurt. This is football.

They get hurt in training camp.

They get hurt ridding their bikes without helmets.

They get hurt in the post-season.

The key is, don't get hurt.

BZ

:yeahthat:

and

Yeah Jason Taylor doesnt need Preseason maybe, but what about rookies, and guys like Marcus Vick, new players on the team like Harrington ETC

Preseason is when you see what the unknown guys are capable of, and like it or not 4 games is perfect

Rocky Raccoon
08-14-2006, 01:39 PM
well Shockey's an idiot, I learned to ignore him a long time ago. Preseason is important to get the players ready and conditioned for the season. Like Bwana already said...injuries are going to happen regardless. Players get hurt in these games every year and people ***** about these games every year.

Tailgater
08-14-2006, 06:17 PM
Don't blame TV for it. Networks are obligated under their contracts with the NFL to air these games. Just as the season ticket holders get ripped off, so does TV. STH pay retail for a bogus product, and the networks lose tons in advertising.

Blame the owners, and only the owners. The games are pure profit for them. Until week one, they pay out miniscule payrolls yet charge full price. Thats why this will contiunue, whether players get hurt or not. As BZ stated, anyone can get hurt at any time.

dolfangravy
08-14-2006, 07:52 PM
If they dropped the number of pre-season games the regular season games would just look worse and worse.

People get hurt. This is football.

They get hurt in training camp.

They get hurt ridding their bikes without helmets.

They get hurt in the post-season.

The key is, don't get hurt.

BZ
i agree 100%