I did my first fantasy football draft last week and I picked a
The NFL is talking about reducing preseason games to from four to two and expanding the regular season to 18 games. I'll leave the discussion of what an 18-game schedule would do to teams for another day, but is two games any safer than four? Well, yes and no. Yes in that it is less reps, but stars like
With a nickname like "Megatron," you'd think
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If we're talking about practice -- or camp, in this case -- how much does missing it really affect someone? In the NFL, the answer is "more than you think." Athletes don't come to camp fat and smoking anymore, so in almost all cases, it's not conditioning. Yet the increase in injuries to players that hold out is very noticeable. There's not a ton of data here and much of it involves rookies, so don't make more of this than what there is. One team's trainer suggested that it's "hit conditioning." He told me that there's no way to simulate hits and that without that, the body doesn't make adjustments. This implies that there's some sort of physical learning curve to dealing with the car-crash level hits that skill position players take. I'm not sure I'm ready to make that reach, but it's the most plausible explanation I've seen. On the other side, if you look at players that are held out for most of the preseason, there's no notable increase in injury risk. On his own, Jackson isn't that much of an injury risk, so I wouldn't adjust his draft position based on either of these theories. The risk of holdout is big, of course, and necessitates pairing him with
If Jackson's hold out might increase his injury risk, what does that mean for
Losing Rice isn't going to help, but the line play in front of Favre is what's going to keep him healthy. So far, it's not looking good and defensive ends seem more upset with his comeback than anyone ...