The teams announced by the NFL are now allowed to play up to two Thursday Night Football games per season.
The idea of playing games on days other than Sundays has always been a hot topic among owners and players alike, as it means less recovery time for players between games.
“Thursday night football” has become a staple in the NFL, but Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes doesn’t seem like a big fan of playing multiple Thursday night games.
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Mahomes quote tweeted with a plain emoji above Thursday night’s report of the move.
Former NFL quarterback and current analyst Robert Griffin III responded to Mahomes by saying, “So much for player safety.”
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league hasn’t seen an increase in injuries from “Thursday Night Football,” and the league hasn’t prioritized Amazon, the streaming platform that hosts “Thursday Night Football,” over player safety.
“I don’t think we put Amazon above our players. … The data doesn’t show a higher injury rate,” Goodell said of Ari Meirov.
One of the league’s most controversial injuries occurred on “Thursday Night Football” last season when Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a horrific concussion after being thrown onto the turf. He admitted he couldn’t remember the moment medical staff carried him off the field and took him to a hospital.
The Dolphins were under investigation because Tagovailoa was hit against the Bills last Sunday and appeared to suffer a concussion. But he ended that game with the Dolphins making clawbacks, causing him to wobble mid-game.
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With squad plans for the 2023 season yet to be released, players will be eagerly awaiting to see if they will play more than one Thursday game.
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