New rules and regulations at NFL not doing much to stop injuries
Despite all of the good news, the reality breaks down to the fact that NFL injuries this season are climbing like never before and the new regulations are not helping much too limit their occurrences. Eight weeks have gone by and the total players on the injured reserve are at a staggering 208.
In 2010, the number of players on the injured reserve was at a record 343 at the end of the season and the pace at which the injuries is occurring clearly points that a new record in underway. 19 players out of 208 are cleared to return. Just last year, the San Francisco 49ers headed to the Super Bowl with five players on the injured reserve list. Right now they already have seven people on the injured reserve. And that is excluding Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree, both of which are on the PUP list. And the season still has to go a long way.
The general managers for NFL franchises are not concerned with the number of players injured but with the essential fact that their team must win. So said Jerry Reese, general manager for the New York Giants.
"There are always a lot of injuries. It may seem like there are more this year because there are more big-name players."
The injuries have a huge influence on the NFL. The data collected during the season if compiled and analysed by NFL officials to make future regulations. They also largely influence the movement within roster and salary cap.
Reggie McKenzie, general manager for the Oakland Raiders said that reasons such as less contact during preseason and inferior gear were just bogus excuses. All the practice needed could be done in training camp.
"Everybody wants to complain about the lack of physical contact. But whatever the system, you're still able to practice the fundamentals, like how to tackle."