Thursday NFL games have been under fire by players in recent weeks, and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger joined the group opposing the early games.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers host the Titans in “Thursday Night Football,” and the 14-year veteran isn’t happy about the short week.
“Yeah, it’s miserable, it’s terrible, they need to get rid of this game I think,” Roethlisberger said of Thursday play, via 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “Just play on Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys, you’re beat up, you’re banged up. It’s a very violent, physical game we play. … You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit.
“Even a week, you’re still not fully recovered by Sunday to Sunday, you’re still dealing with bumps and bruises and things just continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s just not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do, but you know, you’ve got to do what the league says.”
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin voiced his dislike for Thursday night games last week after several Seattle players, including star cornerback Richard Sherman, were injured in a 22-16 win over the Cardinals.
“Thursday Night Football” has been controversial since its inception in 2006, but it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. The short week of rest is never easy for players, but at least it’s followed by a long week of rest before playing the following week.
Oh, and the league makes a lot of money on the rights fees paid for the primetime games.