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The Preseason Dilemma Facing The NFL

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NFL Preseason Football has been under a lot of scrutiny for years. The problem with preseason is complicated, on one hand, preseason is used to evaluate and prepare the rookies to get them acclimated to the speed of the pro level. On another hand, preseason has been the cause of some season ending injuries to important players on some teams.

In 2015 during week 2 of the Preseason, Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson caught a ball, but when he landed on the turf, he hurt his knee, MRI reports would later confirm that he had a torn ACL on his right knee and would be out the whole year.

In 2016 during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahaws, QB Tony Romo injured his back which ultimately caused him to retire from football. Sam Bradford in 2014 tore his ACL during a preseason game that caused him the whole 2014 season.

Here’s the crazy part, most injuries occur during training camp so it isn’t fair to blame preseason games for year ending injuries. While injuries are a part of football and there’s absolutely no way of completely getting rid of them, they can be helped.

All training camp practices have referees that make sure all penalties that would be called during the regular season are emphasized for the newcomers. Having joint practices with other teams has become something most NFL teams are doing now. It’ll be easier for teams to work with opposing teams and work on their offenses and defenses respectively.

NFL Preseason games at the end of the day are more costly to the players than they are rewarding to the fans. The starters play anywhere between 6-10 plays per game so most fans leave the games before the rookies even get warmed up.

The latest example of Preseason injuries is Patriots WR Julian Edelman, during game 3 of the NFL preseason against the Lions by completely tearing his ACL.

Although Preseason Football viewership is on the rise from last year. Week 1 of the NFL preseason averaged 1.6 million viewers on NFL Network, up 10% from last year, when aired on both NFL Network and ESPN but down 8% from 2015 on the NFL network alone. While NFL preseason is a chance for Rookies to shine and show what they can bring to the table, the NFL has to find a way to protect its players while also keeping fans engaged in the offseason.

All NFL teams have open training camp for the fans to go enjoy the practices, that should be their bread and butter, it’ll keep fans far more entertained that going to meaningless games since they’re there to see certain players and there’s a chance that particular or those particular players won’t play. While the stadiums and the teams profit of the fans going, by offering more incentives to going to the training camps and/or holding more practices in their stadiums will surely keep fans going to the events.

If it means player safety at least during game, the NFL should look into fixing the current preseason system, too many injuries to high profile players during games that don’t win or lose the Super Bowl.

Agree or disagree with me at all? Let me know on Twitter at @lariva_juan. Join us in discussion at @SportsRantsNFL.

Hello,My name is Juan La Riva, I am 30 years old and an avid sports fan, I was born in Venezuela but raised in Florida, I love all Miami teams of every sport but I also follow other teams closely. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Full Sail University where I studied Film. I love to take pictures and watch movies.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit

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New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.

In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”

Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.

Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.

Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN

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Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.

Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.

At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.

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