Injuries Raise Question: Should NFL preseason be shortened?

Chris Allen@@ChrisATheTruthSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2008

There has been a debate for years now if the NFL preseason should be shortened from four games to two. Leagues such as the CFL have a two game preseason for each team, and NFL fans have been thinking about doing so as well. And this preseason, injuries have been adding to the pot.

Carson Palmer is just one of the many key players who have been injured in preseason action this year.

Palmer broke a nasal bone while being sacked against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night. Palmer is questionable for Thursday night's preseason-ender for the Bengals against the Colts.

Jason Taylor is also out for up to two weeks. Taylor was injured during a game against the Panthers this week, and though the injury is not as serious as the Redskins thought, he is still expected out for 10-14 days. This could end Taylor's 130 consecutive game streak if he is unable to play.

Osi Umenyiora has told reporters he will be out for the season because of season-ending knee surgery.

Umenyiora was injured in the Giants latest preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday. He is expected back and healthy for the 2009 season.

Harry Williams, a wide receiver for the Houston Texans, may not ever play again. After fracturing his vertebra in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a head to head collision with teammate Nick Ferguson, his agent has said he would "pay him to never play football again."

The list goes on of preseason injuries, and people are wondering if the current amount of preseason games are needed. I know of other injuries that have happened this preseason as well, putting teams in tough positions because of the losses.

I personally know that in football training camp there are scrimmages in practices, and I know that the two preseason games and training camp scrimmages that my football team endures will be plenty of preparation for the season. And I'm not even a pro.

Many people think that for a professional athlete, two games is enough to get back in the mindset for the regular season, plus the fact that they do have week after week of training camp.

These latest injuries raise the question: should the NFL preseason be shortened? Many players are being injured in preseason action, and teams are suffering the consequences of four preseason games.

The question should be answered. I know what I think. As for the league? I think I'll let you decide what you think should be done about the current length of preseason games. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below.


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