Injury Risks Loom Over Player Organized Lockout Practices

Don Banks of SI.com reached out to sources around the NFL this week to determine what value lockout workouts serve for players and teams. Of course one of the major risks to these lockout workouts is injury.

One NFL general manager Banks talked to as well as two veteran players agents who echoed his concerns. Neither agent said he had more than one or two clients taking part in any player-organized workouts.

“Quite honestly, I’m waiting for the first ACL tear that happens and then we’ll see if anyone talks about how great this whole workout program is for these young guys,” the GM said. “Every club in a way wishes they were like the old Redskins and had all 80 guys out there working together, but as soon as a prominent player pops an ACL in some high school gym or at some college, what’s going to be the reaction? If someone breaks a leg, who’s there to help? As a GM, the thing that makes me nervous is the what-ifs that could happen without supervision, specifically from a training standpoint.”

One agent said he has counseled his clients to continue working out throughout the lockout, but not necessarily in conjunction with his teammates in an informal practice setting. The risks of injury are simply too great, with not enough reward offsetting them.

“People should realize that if players get hurt now, on their own time, that’s a non-football injury and they don’t have to be paid or have their contracts honored after that,” the agent said. “I tell my guys to work out, but under supervision that is professional and to be careful. They have to stay in shape from a cardiovascular and strength standpoint, but other than that I don’t know how important it is to go out and play touch football.


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One Response to “Injury Risks Loom Over Player Organized Lockout Practices”

  1. […] player-organized workouts are putting their careers at risk because if they get injured that injury is classified as a “non-football injury.” That classification would allow a team to not honor their contract with the injured player and cut […]

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