Brees: Saints injuries due to playing on Thurs.

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

ATLANTA -- Drew Brees joined the loud chorus of NFL players railing against playing Thursday night games after his New Orleans Saints lost six players to injuries during a 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

"It's 100 percent a product of playing on Thursday night," Brees said. "Do you understand what guys' bodies go through in a game? And then to have to turn around four days later and to play? Look at the injury studies, they are off the charts. They are off the charts. So is this smart as it pertains to guys' health and safety? No, absolutely not."

Players around the league have been vocally critical for years about playing with just three days' of rest between games. Last month, Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said Thursday night football should be "illegal" after his team suffered a barrage of injuries, including cornerback Richard Sherman's torn Achilles.

In this latest Thursday game, Saints running back Alvin Kamara and guard Senio Kelemete left the game with concussions; linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro left early with groin injuries; defensive end Trey Hendrickson left with an ankle injury and receiver Ted Ginn Jr. left with an unspecified injury late in the game.

Four other Saints players left briefly with injuries but returned to the game.

"I can sit here and tell you that no player likes putting himself at risk on four days' rest to come and put their bodies through what they put them through in a game," Brees said. "So you hope that it's addressed [this offseason], you hope that it's talked about, and you hope that something is done about it.

"When you see guys go down, when you lose guys for what you think is unnecessary just because you put 'em at a much higher risk in such a quick turnaround, that gets you upset."

Brees, who was a longtime players' union leader, was asked if he plans to use his standing to speak up loudly on the issue.

"Yeah, absolutely," Brees said. "And it will be addressed."


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