Wow, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.
Sometimes, injuries are a victim of perception. A star player goes down or your fantasy stud hits the IR, and it can seem like there are more injuries than normal. This happens every preseason. In Week 7, however, it was massive. The numbers are staggering, and in some cases, there's nothing to be done. In others, there are things that must be done, and quickly.
It's more than just season-ending injuries to Sam Bradford and Reggie Wayne or devastating injuries for the Bears and Bucs; it's the very core of the game that's being tested as much as ligaments and bones. Another devastating neck injury? Another line outside James Andrews' office door? This shouldn't be an every-week occurrence.
The confusing rules of helmet-to-helmet hits, the increase in low hits and the continued failure of the concussion protocol can't wait until the offseason to be addressed. It's not just how they affect the NFL, but also how football is perceived in the amateur ranks. At a time when the safety of football is being actively questioned and parents are wondering whether their children should play at all, the NFL needs to take the lead.
So I'll wait. In the meantime, let's look at the injuries around the league...