Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints talks with Terence Newman after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison is on the record as an opponent of the proposed 18-game regular season schedule, as is former Chicago Bears’ head coach (and Dallas Cowboys’ tight end) Mike Ditka, who ranted over the proposal recently; now, Cowboys’ cornerback Terence Newman is speaking out against the idea.
The possibility of an 18-game schedule is thought by many to be a point of contention in the current negotiations between owners and the NFL Players’ Association. Where each side falls in the debate is easy enough to deduce; the owners (for the most part) believe that an 18-game regular season would benefit the league, while players (for the most part) believe the idea was spawned of nothing more than greed.
Further, many players--including Harrison, and now, Newman--have expressed some concern over the long term ramifications of an extended season for players, who already deal with a good many health problems after their careers draw to a close.
“I don’t want to play an 18-game schedule. Nobody does,” Newman said, per the Dallas Morning News. “But, regardless, there will be a deal. The thing is people are concerned about our health. It’s a dangerous sport; people end up having their careers taken, having their lives taken and being paralyzed, so for two games where guys don’t get paid, it’s not worth it.”
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