- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles Thursday night.
- Sherman has been one of the harshest critics of “Thursday Night Football,” saying it puts players at risk of injury.
- Several Seahawks echoed Sherman’s sentiments after his injury.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles tendon in the third quarter of the Seahawks’ 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.
The injury will end his season.
Sherman has been one of the harshest critics of “Thursday Night Football” over the years. He has argued that it puts players at risk because they’re not fully recovered from the previous week’s game.
Last season, Sherman called the games a “poop fest.” In an article for the Players’ Tribune, Sherman wrote: “Thursday Night Football is just another example of the NFL’s hypocrisy: The league will continue a practice that diminishes the on-field product and endangers its players, but as long as the dollars keep rolling in, it couldn’t care less.”
After the game, several Seahawks players echoed Sherman’s sentiments. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin said Thursday night games should be “illegal.”
“Guys don’t have time to recover,” Baldwin said. “Hard to recover in four days … Thursday night football should be illegal.”
Defensive end Michael Bennett said, “I know you want to give fans what they want but also you want to protect the players as best as you can, and sometimes I feel like Thursday night football doesn’t give them the opportunity to be protected like that.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, meanwhile, bit his tongue, saying he didn’t want to get fined, so he wouldn’t comment on Thursday games.
Sherman’s injury and the Seahawks’ reaction comes after Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito blasted Thursday night games last week. Incognito called the games “unfair and bulls—.”
“They suck,” Incognito said. “They throw a wrench in our schedule. It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have to do this. As physical as this game is, as much work and preparation that goes into this, to force us to play games on four-day weeks … It’s completely unfair and bulls—.”
Sherman’s injury adds to a long list of superstar injuries this NFL season. While not all have come on Thursday, when big name players get injured and more call out the danger of Thursday games, the issue is unlikely to go away.