Johnathan Abram suffered chipped collarbone in crash with TV cart

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As noted earlier in the week, neither the NFL nor ESPN had anything to say about Raiders safety Johnathan Abram crashing into a TV cart on Monday night. The NFL is now addressing the issue, via its in-house media operation.

A story posted on NFL.com explains that Abram suffered a sprained shoulder and a chipped collarbone in the collision with the cart.

Abram was listed on this week’s injury report as having a shoulder injury, but he fully participated in every practice and will play at New England today.

Our prior story also pointed out that the NFL already had addressed the situation with ESPN. NFL.com explains that these discussions have continued. And the discussions have pinpointed one of the potential causes of the collision: Because fewer people are on the sidelines in 2020, the TV cart can get closer to the dotted yellow line that serves as the barrier for TV carts.

From the NFL.com story: “In any other year, a gaggle of cheerleaders and photographers, among others, may have prevented the TV cart from advancing that far toward the goal line. And Abram might’ve run into those same bystanders, rather than directly into the cart.”

Setting aside the question of whether this any-other-year outcome shows that maybe sidelines should be dramatically streamlined even in a non-pandemic season for the safety of both players and bystanders, the league and broadcast partners should be considering at every stadium whether the ability to position TV carts closer than ever to the yellow line means that they should.

17 responses to “Johnathan Abram suffered chipped collarbone in crash with TV cart

  1. HagemeisterPark says:
    September 27, 2020 at 9:42 am
    He totally could have avoided it. Almost looked like he wanted to make contact with the tv cart.

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    Agree. He went way out of his way to be over there. It was weird.

    He’s another one of these overrated young safeties that runs around like a chicken with his head cut off, where people think he’s good.

    A safety in the wrong spot is a safety who is out of position.

  2. Tough As Nails…Abram suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain and a chipped collarbone after colliding with a TV cart during the Raiders Week 2 win over the Saints.
    Abram is set to play in Week 3 versus the Patriots despite the chipped bone causing internal bleeding. After suffering the injury, Abrams returned to the game and played on 57-of-60 snaps.

  3. The cart had no padding, whatsoever. The cart doesn’t have to be that close. The goal posts have to be close, so they have a very thick padding around them. Who’s in charge of this stuff? Have they ever been to a football game before? A player running full speed can’t stop immediately. They shouldn’t have anything within ten yards of the playing field. Those camera lenses cost thousands of dollars. They can zoom in from a long way away.

  4. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the cart padded on three of the sides. May be giving away a million $ idea but the NFL could allow advertising on the pads either network logos or beverage sponsors.

  5. feartheshieldonblacksunday says:
    September 27, 2020 at 10:48 am
    Tough As Nails…Abram suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain and a chipped collarbone after colliding with a TV cart during the Raiders Week 2 win over the Saints.
    Abram is set to play in Week 3 versus the Patriots despite the chipped bone causing internal bleeding. After suffering the injury, Abrams returned to the game and played on 57-of-60 snaps.

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    lol

    He’s been injured most of his career.

  6. lol

    He’s been injured most of his career.

    That’s a bit of a lame statement considering his pro career is a little over 1 yr old.

    lol

  7. There are way too many people on the sidelines for football games at all levels from youth flag to the pros.

  8. Cart driver is at fault. I work sidelined. I know and played football. Doesn’t take a lot of brains to be in a safe spot. This cart was taking advantage of lack of folks on the sidelines.

    Dude should be reprimanded.

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