The NFL has yet to finish out week three of the season and already, a significant amount of star power has gone down with injuries. Most notably Aaron Rodgers, four plays into his Jets debut suffered a complete tear of his Achilles tendon. Unfortunately though, Rodgers is only one of many players that have suffered early on in the season. Other notable names include Jonathan Taylor, Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, JK Dobbins, David Montgomery, Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones and Trevon Diggs just a couple of days ago. Furthermore, this comes after an offseason in which a large part of the discourse throughout the league was in regards to the running back position and what they’re being paid.

The list is filled with highly talented players that haven’t even made it halfway through the season before being placed on injured reserve, or being out a significant amount of time. Simply as a spectator of the sport, it’s become clearly apparent to me why players hold out during contract negotiations as well as why they ask for more money guaranteed. The disrespect shown to running backs in the NFL is egregious. That said, one significant factor comes to mind in regards to injuries and how to prevent them in the future.

A massive part of injuries in the NFL has to do with the fact that most stadiums implement turf instead of natural grass on the fields. The uproar surrounding this is once again at the forefront of the league, as the NFLPA is calling for the commissioner to implement natural grass in NFL stadiums throughout the league. The big issue with turf is that there’s almost no give underneath a players feet off the line of scrimmage. This presents a significant issue when players try to make cuts, run routes, and shake the defenders. The attached article from ABC puts it very simply, “It’s a matter of career preservation.”

To be fair, football is a physical sport and not all of these injuries come as a result of playing on a turf field. But, this has become a dangerous trend in the sport and definitely raises cause for concern in regards to the betterment of the league as a whole. The sport is far more entertaining when it’s best players are on the field. As a fan I’m wishing nothing but speedy recoveries for all of these players, and hope the NFL heeds the players association’s concerns and takes steps to rectify this problem.


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