Texans' Arian Foster blasts Thursday night games
Houston Texans running back Adrian Foster criticized the NFL's weekly scheduled Thursday night games, suggesting they're physically compromising for players and simply another revenue-generator for the league.
Foster was asked on Monday his thoughts on the Thursday night matchups as his team prepares to take on the Indianapolis Colts this week.
"Thursday night football is pretty — it's annoying for players," Foster told reporters, according to The Associated Press. "I don't know one player that likes it. I really don't know a fan that likes it, either. I think it's just the league's way of trying to generate more revenue.
"They emphasize concussions when they start getting hit with lawsuits and they care about the players' safety, but Thursday night football is putting every player on the football field in danger," he added, referring to the NFL. "Nobody is ready to play physically after a Sunday game. But you've got to go out there and do it."
The midweek games have become a growing source of complaints among players, but the league has only amplified the contests to serve a football-hungry fan base. The NFL struck a deal earlier this year with CBS to broadcast eight Thursday night games this season.
NFL Players Association president Eric Winston, who played five seasons with the Texans, said the association would "look into" requesting a change in Thursday night contests if the majority of players brought it up as a concern.
"We don't take health and safety things lightly, and we always address such protocols as we see fit," Winston told The AP. "We will always go with the medical data. If a majority of players say we need to get rid of this, it is not good, we are going to listen to this, and look into if it is time to make a change."