Commissioner Roger Goodell and a score of owners, including Dallas’s Jerry Jones, have come out in support of an 18-game season, which would cut preseason games by two and, of course, extend the regular season the same amount. Then again, they aren’t the ones who have to crash against gargantuan man-beasts for an additional 120 minutes each season if the measure passes--which seems quite likely at this juncture.
With that in mind, Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James recently voiced his concern over the proposed change.
"I know in December, man, it's so tough for us to get up out of the bed, now you're talking about 18-game seasons," James told the Dallas Morning News. "It's good to say that in the media and it's what the fans want. But what about my longevity? What about five years from now, me being able to play with my child?
In fairness, the NFL brass has said that any extension of the current regular season schedule would be accompanied by some additional changes, like perhaps an expansion of rosters or another bye-week. But James takes issue with what he sees as an exclusion of the players in the dealings.
"We're not even being included. It's like we've been told through media outlets that we're possibly going to have an 18-game season,” James said. “Well, how is that going to happen? Tell us the structure. There are so many things up in the air."
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