Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Drew Brees Lit Into 'Thursday Night Football' After Slew Of Saints Injuries

Drew Brees Lit Into 'Thursday Night Football' After Slew Of Saints Injuries

"It's 100 percent a product of playing on Thursday night", Brees said.

This Thursday, Alvin Kamara and Senio Kelemete left the game with concussions; A.J. Klein and Kenny Vaccaro left early with groin injuries; Trey Hendrickson left with an ankle injury and Ted Ginn, Jr. left with an unspecified injury late in the game. But the Saints are already thin at defensive end with Alex Okafor being out for the year. "What do you guys think, why do you think there were so many injuries tonight?" Here's a look at who those next men up might be.

After watching six of his Saints teammates leave Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons with injuries, the quarterback blasted the quick turnaround that follows a Sunday game and all the risks that come with it.

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"For the coaches who give their players time off heading into a Thursday game, those players love it because you're not having contact and you're not working hard on that week, and then you play the Thursday night game and then what?" And then to have to turn around 4 days later and to play?.Is this smart as it pertains to guys' health and safety? And that was just the beginning of the injury concerns for the Saints on Thursday night.

Players railing on Thursday night games isn't new, but the voices around the league appear to grow louder after injuries, which are magnified because the game stands alone on national TV.

"The listing of the officiating crew in the game book is based on the home team's flipcard that is produced for media and the stats crew at the stadium, which generates the game book", Signora said. "You hope it's addressed, you hope it's talked about, and you hope that something is done about it".

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There will be another opportunity for the players and the league to come together in the near future.

After seven players left the Thursday game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals Nov. 9, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said playing on a Thursday is "very hard and very challenging".

"Obviously, we have a new CBA coming up in 2021 and I think that's something the players should push for", Morstad said.

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"And you would have a better quality of game overall on Thursday nights because you'd always have both teams rested".

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