The transcript circulated by the Browns with receiver Terrelle Pryor’s midweek comments to the media included a quote regarding his willingness to cut off a finger. The transcript omitted a much larger sacrifice Pryor said he’d make for the team.
“I’m willing to die on this field, man,” Pryor said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
It’s likely an exaggeration (hopefully, it’s an exaggeration), and it’s unclear why the remark didn’t find its way into the transcript. Fatalities have happened in football; at the high school level, several occur every year. In 2009, a prediction from then-Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer of an NFL fatality became one of the first stories to generate through-the-roof traffic during the early days of the PFT-NBC relationship.
While the chances of something like that happening remain very slim, it’s probably a subject on which the league and the teams don’t want players making casual reference. Apart from the impact on the specific player involved, it’s the kind of thing that could create very negative consequences for the NFL.