Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman voiced his displeasure with Thursday Night Football a year ago, and he spoke out against the mid-week showdowns again on Tuesday in advance of his team's meeting with the Los Angeles Rams.
Speaking to reporters, Sherman called Thursday games an "absolute poopfest" and railed against the position the league puts the players in when it asks them to suit up on short rest.
"It's terrible," he said, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. "We played [at Green Bay on Sunday], got home about 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that, on Monday, and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations NFL, you did it again. But they have been doing it all season, so I guess we are the last ones to get the middle finger."
Sherman added that he feels "probably 50, 60 percent" recovered by the time he hits the field Thursday after playing in a game four days earlier, per Condotta.
And while Sherman acknowledged there isn't much substantive action the players can take, they will discuss the merits of Thursday games during the next collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
"It’s pretty high [on his list of grievances]," he said, per Condotta. “Top five. Because it’s just no regard [for the players]. It’s hypocritical, as I have stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety, and then you put players in tremendous danger."
Sherman expressed similar sentiments in October 2015, when he said the league was being contradictory by publicly expressing concern for player safety while still advocating for a season-long Thursday night slate.
But as divisive as the games may be, Sherman and the Seahawks will need to put gripes aside for a few hours as they seek to bounce back from a 38-10 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.
Fortunately for the Seahawks, they'll be back on home turf—where they're 6-0 this season—and matched up against a Rams team that's mired in a four-game losing streak and fired head coach Jeff Fisher on Monday.
And with their eyes on revenge following a 9-3 Week 2 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, the Seahawks should enter Thursday night's clash locked in and ready to make a statement.