Seahawks Receiver Mike Baldwin: ‘Thursday Night Football Should Be Illegal’

Seahawks Receiver Mike Baldwin: ‘Thursday Night Football Should Be Illegal’

It was the Achilles rupture heard around the world. During the Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Cardinals last week, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a devastating injury to his Achilles tendon.

Sherman may have been the most high-profile player to be forced to exit the field during the matchup, but there were still more than 10 other players who suffered injuries during Week 10’s Thursday Night Football game.

Players Against #TNF

It turns out that many players believe that the concept of the Thursday night game itself is to blame for the sheer number of injuries that are reported during these games.

Sherman’s teammate, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, was vocal in his opposition of “Thursday Night Football” when interviewed by reporters after the Arizona game.

"Guys don't have time to recover, hard to recover in four days,” stated Baldwin. “It's Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C, Exhibit D, Exhibit Z. Thursday night football should be illegal."

“Thursday Night Football” made its debut on November 3rd, 2006, with 15 games in total this season.

In the past, Sherman and other players have expressed the hypocrisy of the NFL emphasizing the safety of players, while still requiring them to play after only 3 full days of rest.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his team are slated to face the Tennessee Titans on Thursday after defeating the Bengals 29-14 on Sunday.

"It's miserable, it's terrible," stated Roethlisberger in an interview on Monday. “"They need to get rid of this game I think. Just play on Mondays and Sundays. It's so tough on the guys. You're beat up, you're banged up. It's a very violent, physical game we play.”

It’s All About The Money

What we have yet to hear players discuss in the mainstream media is how they feel cutting the Thursday night game would impact their salaries – cut Thursday Night Football, you also cut your paycheck.

Broadcasters pay the NFL an exorbitant amount to broadcast Thursday night games. CBS and NBC agreed to pay $45 million per game for the 2016 and 2017 NFL seasons, which translates to $900 million throughout the course of the contract.

Even a representative of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) confirmed that the reduction or elimination of Thursday games would result in salary cuts.

Other Alternatives To Thursday Night Football

Though the reality of nixing Thursday Night Football anytime soon is slim to none, there have been other suggestions brought forth to remedy the issue.

It seems almost obvious that the NFL could give a Sunday bye to teams scheduled to play on Thursday night. John Wilckens, a team physician for US Navy football, stated that this could be a worthwhile compromise.

"That's one option I think is very fixable. If you have a bye week on the Sunday so that you have a break before you play on a Thursday, there are ways that you can be smart about it.”

In any case, we along with more than 10 million other viewers will be tuned in for Thursday Night Football this week.

The odds for the Titans-Steelers game should be on every bettor’s radar, and you can find them at Bovada Sportsbook. The Tennessee vs Pittsburgh betting line has the Steelers as 7-point home favorites this week. The Steelers are 5-4 ATS and 8-0 SU in their last eight night games. The Titans are on a five-game winning streak and are tied for first place in the AFC South. USA online sportsbooks knows this is one of the TNF games that are definitely worth watching.