Injury bug hits NFL


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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings sits on the field as trainers tended to his knee in the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peterson was carried to the sidelines and later went to the locker room. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Gracie Thies, News Editor

     The 2016 NFl season is only halfway over and there has already been a ton of injuries unleashed on multiple teams. Many teams are struggling to navigate as player after player is developing some sort of injury. Whether it’s concussions or hamstring injuries, it has kept players from doing the thing they love and get paid to do.

     Last week there were 57 players listed as out on the injury report out of 26 teams. That’s not even counting the players placed on injured reserve or the six teams on a bye.

     Many coaches from around the league have noticed that there have been an overwhelming amount of injuries this season. There are injuries every year and accidents happen, but it’s never been this bad.

     Green Bay Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy is part of the group that believes the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which puts restrictions on practices and off season work and a reduction in pay for many rookies, is the reason why.

     Since the agreement, teams have limited time with rookies before the preseason and this doesn’t give them the ability to form their team into one large cohesive group. McCarthy was not shy as he continued to share his opinions on how the league needs to make some changes.

     “I think it’s clearly a reflection of the training part of it. People don’t want to hear coaches say that, but how can you not be in tune to the fact you have a younger football league than pre-2011 and now you’re spending five less weeks with the players,” said McCarthy. “I mean, that’s not the best formula. I think it’s been proven since then.”

     McCarthy and his team have had their fair share of injuries to go around. They currently have Eddie Lacy (RB), James Starks (RB), Sam Shields (CB), Damarious Randall (CB), Quinten Rollins (CB), Jared Cook (TE), and Corey Linsley (C). Sam Shields and Eddie Lacy were placed on injury reserve and cannot be activated for another eight weeks. Four of those players had surgery and only two will be back before the eight week period.

     Whether or not the commissioner, Roger Goodell, makes any effort to turn the injuries around, coaches will be waiting for the day that they don’t have worry about injuries constantly. The injuries are obviously being noticed by fans, coaches, and other players, so the league will need to take a look at the possibilities of altering the collective bargaining agreement in the off season.