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Goodell Letter On Player Safety Seen As Preemptive Strike To "Frontline" Documentary
Published October 4, 2013
PLAYER DISTRUST: Texans S Ed Reed said of the NFL's handling of the concussion issue, "The business of football is very shady. The fact that they would withhold information is bad. The fact that our (collective bargaining agreement) would not want that information, the fact that our older players would take money instead of getting that information is bad. The business of football, NFL football, is shady. Now we can't get that information anymore? It's just swept under the rug? That's bad." ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli noted Reed "expressed both outrage and a lack of surprise." Texans RB Arian Foster also is "generally skeptical about the NFL's commitment to player safety, despite the league's public emphasis on the matter." Foster: "I think the league kind of cloaks their wanting to make the league safe, though. If you want to make the league safe, cut out 'Thursday Night Football.' Do something like that. Don't have guys wear pads on their legs. That's not making anybody safe. It's more like a political move that they try to make things safe" (ESPN.com, 10/3).
DOES LEAGUE REALLY CARE? In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes under the header, "NFL More And More A Glutton For Profit." The NFL "knows Americans are incurable football addicts." Weekly games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday are a "head slap against player health and a cheap shot at quality control." The Eagles opening the season with three games in 11 days is "stupid." Kiszla writes if the NFL "actually gave a hoot about players safety," the possibility of playing an 18-game regular season "would never be mentioned again" (DENVER POST, 10/4).