Every year there is the age old debate about NFL athletes getting injured in pre-season, meaningless games to some, but a valuable opportunity for rookies and those not guaranteed a roster spot to go and prove they should make the final cut.
This time we have seen Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch break his collar bone (ouch) on a broken play (no pun intended).
Ben Roethlisberger is without doubt the Steelers starter but as we all know injuries can happen at any time. Batch is a solid backup, a veteran, one who does not rock the boat, basically all that you can ask for in a backup. Losing him is not like losing a starter, but seeing your reliable backup go down is a big blow.
There is an argument to have less pre-season games and maybe 17 or even 18 regular season games.
As a fantasy NFL fan I would like to of course see less pre-season and more regular season games, ones that count. But I’m not an NFL owner, an NFL coach or an NFL player.
Lets hope that the injuries in the pre-season are kept to a minimum, regardless if athletes will not even make the final rosters.
Injuries are part of the game – just look at Kurt Warner, a Superbowl winner and a previous NFL MVP when with the St Louis Rams. If Trent Green had not been injured in a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers (by Rodney Harrison) in 1999 then we may have never witnessed the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ – just some food for thought.
PS – A big congratulations to Nicole Cooke – winner of Great Britain’s 200th Olympic Gold Medal – after she won the Women’s Cycling Road Race – Team GB’s first Gold of the Beijing Olympics.