One Former NFL WR Says A 17-Game Slate Could Hurt The League In The Long Run

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The National Football League has proposed playing 17 regular season games (check out the entire slate for the final week of the regular season by clicking HERE), and now some players have publicly expressed how they feel about adding another game to an already grueling slate.

One former NFL player who sees some potential issues with adding a 17th game is wide out Torrey Smith. Smith went on Twitter on Sunday to voice his concerns and made some valid points about player health and safety.

“7 games in the NFL is great for 💰 but they are going to have to adjust practices and what a regular offseason looks like. Dudes were already falling apart playing 16. As a whole this is great but adjustments have to be made.”

The final steps still have to be taken for a 17th week, but it seems like a done deal in the league and has been discussed for quite some time.

Smith had a solid NFL career. He played for the Ravens from 2011 to 2014 and won his first Super Bowl, then went to the 49ers for two seasons, then moved to the Eagles in 2017, where he won his second Super Bowl. He wrapped up his career in Carolina in 2018.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Nope…what is going to hurt the league is the woke narrative. Stop supporting criminals and covering up black people doing destructive actions by calling it white people racism.

  2. 16 games is just right. I have selfish reasons I want them to leave it alone. Stats. It’s harder to compare generations of players or evaluate. For example, is 1000 yards truly the mark of greatness for WR or RB anymore if we add games? 4000 yards passing? 10 sacks? As a stat guy I hate moving the target like this. The last time they changed was 1978, going from 14 to 16. I think it’s worked great the last 42 years as is. As a matter of fact, I’d cut out two stupid preseason games, not add more. Nfl preseason is boring and gets players hurt unnecessarily.

  3. these pro athletes act like they are working in a shoe factory in 1920. if i was being paid for entertainment and my theater added an extra show, i wouldn’t be complaining.

    wait until fans come to boo you idiots.

    17th game means more work and more jobs and more money and more fans, which means more money to players.

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