Many have questioned whether the proliferation of Thursday football can be reconciled with the league’s unprecedented sensitivity to safety. Some think it can’t.
Commissioner Roger Goodell believes it can.
More accurately, he has yet to be persuaded that it doesn’t.
“We don’t have any information that indicates from our data that playing on Thursdays in any way decreases the safety of our players,” Goodell told the media after the conclusion of Wednesday’s quarterly ownership meetings. “The injury rates do not indicate that at all over the years. So I think we start with facts, and the facts are that that’s not a risk to the players.”
Some would say “facts” should yield to common sense and anecdotal evidence, which comes for example from accounts of players regarding the challenge inherent to preparing for an NFL game only four days after the last one.
Regardless, the players have agreed to the expanded use of Thursday night football. And so it will remain part of the game until the NFL and the NFLPA agree to stop doing it.