Jermaine Kearse wants to see end to Thursday games

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Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse watched Thursday night as his former teammate, Richard Sherman, ruptured his Achilles’ tendon. A week earlier, Kearse played in the Thursday night game when the Jets defeated the Bills. He doesn’t like it.

Kearse wants the league to eliminate Thursday games.

“You’re asking guys who play a high volume on one day and literally give it their all on that one day and ask them to recover and try to bounce back in a couple of days,” Kearse said Friday, via Dennis Waszak of the Associated Press. “It’s kind of tough, especially when you’re already dealing with certain stuff from previous weeks that might be nagging or lingering.”

Although the NFL has said it sees no increase in injuries in Thursday games, Kearse, like many players, disagrees.

“This game has a 100 percent injury rate,” Kearse said. “That’s the truth, that’s the facts. . . . You give them a short week like that [on Thursdays], it’s tough.”

Kearse said the NFLPA needs to address the issue during the next Collective Bargaining Agreement meetings.

“I think there definitely needs to be a discussion, for sure,” he said. “Just finding better ways to take care of the players. I mean, guys are putting their bodies on the line, day in and day out.”

42 responses to “Jermaine Kearse wants to see end to Thursday games

  1. NBA players play multiple times a week. They play both ways. And dont stop the action after each play. These nfl guys are soft. The reason for declining ratings.

  2. When will these guys learn that the only things the NFL truly cares about is making money, and propping up their image.

  3. Don’t like Thurs night football, like the majority of people in this country I’m on eastern standard time….games are too late for how early we need to wake up.

  4. All they have to do is give up some of that 55% share they get from playing Thursday Night. If the salary cap lowers and players make less we will see how bad they dislike Thursday Night football.

  5. The Players took a knee to make a point….what if the players took a vote and just decided to forfeit a Thursday game citing “unsafe” game conditions ?

  6. They’ll be giving up a lot more once CTE kicks in… See Aaron Hernandez… NFL is dying…

    ‘Football’s Concussion Crisis Is Killing Former High School Players, Too
    Everyone knows about the NFL’s association with brain injury. But people who never get there also face a very real threat.’ -HuffingtonPost.com 08/12/2017

  7. Pretty sure the counter offer to dropping Thursday night games is going to 18 game season.

    (They are going to get their money someway somehow)

    If the players feel the risk is too great…will the players have the stones to strike prior to the CBA expires to force the stoppage of Thursday games?

  8. Have 4 days of rest been proven fact or fiction? Because we’ve been told by coaches as fact that the less time in training camp and contact softness the players wanted has caused more injuries. That artificial turf is more harmful than grass. That 18 games will hurt players more. Where does it end? I mean, I’m a pro-union guy, but I understand most Americans look at football players and think they are all rich and living off the hog. They don’t understand how long a season really is and of any major sport football players basically play once a week and have a long offseason. I guess there is no answer really. You can come up with any argument you want. But this is America and capitalism has one God and his name is GREED. Football ratings kill any show airing on TV no matter what day of the week. Thursday Night Football is going nowhere unless the Union makes it so whenever the next contract is drawn up or there is a strike which will help no one…

  9. Hate to agree with a Jet on anything, but Thursday football runs contradictory to player safety and what people even want to watch. Should be reserved for opening day and Thanksgiving.

  10. The Thursday Night television deal is worth about $450 million per year, that works out to over $100,000 PER PLAYER in the NFL. If you remove Thursday Night Football you will also remove Thursday Night Football REVENUE.

    Do players want to see their salaries reduced by over $100,000 per year EACH?

    If so, bring that up during the negotiations for the next CBA.

  11. jimnaizeeum says:
    November 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    Don’t like Thurs night football, like the majority of people in this country I’m on eastern standard time….games are too late for how early we need to wake up.
    …………………
    Majority of people in the country? What about everyone in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones??

  12. Have a way of scheduling that gives them a bye before TNF or scrap it. The games are really terrible anyway most of the time. For every Raiders Chiefs game lime 2 weeks ago you get about 5 snoozers. Teams come in banged up, sometimes they look unprepared or lack focus. There clearly is a problem.

  13. 2 Monday night games every week like opening week > Thursday night football. I couldn’t imagine having to play another football game after just playing on a Sunday, especially as you enter your 30’s, it’s insanity.

  14. So they don’t like to practice and they don’t like to play games. Very confusing. Back to kneeling fellas.

  15. statman25 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    jimnaizeeum says:
    November 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    Don’t like Thurs night football, like the majority of people in this country I’m on eastern standard time….games are too late for how early we need to wake up.
    …………………
    Majority of people in the country? What about everyone in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones??
    =
    Sorry but EST makes up nearly half the population. No brag, just fact.

    Eastern Standard Time Zone: 150.2 million (47.1%)

    Central Standard Time Zone: 92.3 million (29.0%)

    Mountain Standard Time Zone: 21.3 million (6.7%)

    Pacific Standard Time Zone: 53.0 million (16.6%)

  16. Sunday and Monday night was perfect. There’s absolutely no need for games to be played Thursday’s and then even Saturday’s later in the season.

  17. This is a tough one for me. I respect the players opinion on this but I also enjoy watching NFL football on Thursday nights. It’s something I look forward to during the week. Yeah, not all the match ups are as great as you would hope but it’s a good chance to see teams you might not ordinarily watch on a Sunday.

    It would be interesting to see the data on injuries Thursday night vs Sunday. If there was a noticeable a difference, I could see siding with the players. If a second bye week would allow teams to have a bye before they play on a Thursday, I’d be all for it. Will have to wait until next CBA and see what happens.

  18. Quit complaining, maybe they should try following the NHL. 82 game season plus playoffs that go on for what seems like forever. That said, the Thursday night games are usually terrible matchups, and should be eliminated on that basis alone.

  19. Every team has to do it. There are no more injuries on Thurs. than on Sun./Mon. Just shut-up and play, or move aside and let someone else play. NFL players used to be “warriors”. In the past decades, as the league has grown in popularity the player have become softer – physically and mentally.

  20. The players have no appreciation for the fact their millions come from a for-profit operation that depends on the good will of players. The league is more vulnerable to a competing league than ever before. The NFL should even fund it as a reserve of replacement players.

  21. Too many ‘showcase’ games each week has watered down the brand. Sunday night. Monday night (two games now right?) Thursday night. London. Mexico. It’s not long before people realize most of these are meaningless games between mediocre teams. We’re lucky if there are even one true showcase game in a month.

  22. May be they should only schedule Thursday games for teams that had a bye week. They can do this by coming up with a schedule and then give teams on that schedule the week of. For example if they schedule Packers vs Lions for a Thursday game, then both teams will get their bye week the week before, so they have 10 days off. between games for 2 weeks in a row.

  23. I could live without Thanksgiving football too. Imagine that, having Thanksgiving & thinking about what the day is really about!

  24. Oh, boo hoo.

    I want these clowns to work in the real world where sometimes you have to close a store at 2 am, leave at 3 am, try to get to sleep by 4 am, and then have to be up at 6 am to open the store at 7 am.

    Yes, Virginia, that is the real world in America.

    And don’t tell me that you don’t have enough time off after working a four hour job and having to play again in four days.

    Talk to the men and women in the restaurant industry who work 12 and 14 hour days and close, open.

    You wimps.

  25. Man…. I do agree its probably not safe….but they know this going into the career. Its like someone joining the marines…and then being like…I think storming the beach is dangerous…we need to change it. To me it seems like all these players…and owners too are prima donnas, and yes I say this because of how much they make. They make a ton…. way more than the average joe…and they are always whining…its never enough. Its hard to feel for either side ever. THey get to play a kids game…and sure its dangerous, and its hard work…but they get to have a life style that most folks I know will never know…and they keep biting the hand that feeds. The worst part is, its not the players or the owners that will lose its the fans. It is clearer than clear that a strike is coming…..the last sport that striked hardcore was baseball and it has yet to recover…..I think the NFL is about to head down this road and right or wrong both the owners and the players are going to lose.

  26. sfsaintsfan says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    The Thursday Night television deal is worth about $450 million per year, that works out to over $100,000 PER PLAYER in the NFL. If you remove Thursday Night Football you will also remove Thursday Night Football REVENUE.

    Do players want to see their salaries reduced by over $100,000 per year EACH?

    I think your math is a little off.
    NFL Gross Revenues are about $10billion, or $312 million per team, and average salaries are about 50% of revenue, equaling: $2.8 Million, from top veterans to rookies.

    If you remove $450 million from the Thursday night game revenues, it would be only $(14 million) less revenue per team, or an average salary of $2.7 million, from top veterans to rookies. About a 4-5% decrease in salary. My guess is that every player would take that deal in a heartbeat, if it meant, no risk of getting hurt on a crummy Thursday night game. And a better package of games each Sunday.

    If so, bring that up during the negotiations for the next CBA.

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