Injuries Ruining This NFL Season? What Can Be Done About It?

Matt NewmeyerContributor ISeptember 11, 2008

    This season started like any other, a season full of hope for 32 NFL teams and their fans. However, since the start of training camp, many brand name players have gone down with injuries devastating to themselves, their teams, and their fans. Elite players such as Tom Brady, Shawne Merriman, and Osi Umenyiora have suffered season ending injuries here before the start of week two. Other injured players include Vince Young, Marques Colston, Jeff Saturday, Jeff Garcia, Kevin Curtis, Nate Burleson, Hollis Thomas, and Derrick Brooks. What does this mean for the NFL? This means that theteams of these players have lost key contributing parts of their roster that can not be replaced. This is very bad for the NFL because its marketing devices (the players) are not on the field which can decrease ticket sales and TV ratings. What can be done about this problem? Only Roger Goodell and the NFL players union have the power to make a change to help solve this problem. If the NFL season was extended to 17 or 18 games and preseason games were reduced to two or three games, players would spend less time on the field before the start of the season, therefore reducing the amount of injuries before week one. Yes the players would play the same amount in the long run, but they wouldn't have to partake as much in meaningless exhibition games called the preseason. If it means the season ends later it is not an issue because, last time I checked, America loves football and they will watch it no matter the day of the week or the month. If the NFL is smart they will react to these issues and take steps to improving America's game. Because who wants to watch their favorite players sit on the bench in street clothes? Certainly not me.