By Harry Allison
“They keep having a conversation about money and we keep having a conversation about health and safety and longevity,” Eagles Malcolm Jenkins told Yahoo Sports during the Eagles’ training camp. “We’re having a totally different conversation. That’s a problem. Every additional game we play, that’s a risk for players.
“Just throwing money at players when we’re the ones looking at the health consequences, it’s got to be a better conversation than that. I really don’t think anybody is interested in playing extra regular-season games considering what our bodies are already going through now.”
That’s the verbal message to the league from NFL players. One particularly brutal week into the NFL season, they have a physical message to back it up:
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles? A broken collarbone.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes? Sprained ankle. His star wideout Tyreek Hill has a significant shoulder injury.
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley – one of the biggest free-agent signings of the offseason – has a groin injury.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has a wrist issue.
Indianapolis Colts wideout Devin Funchess has a broken collarbone. New England Patriots starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon has a shoulder injury.
Eagles key defensive tackle Malik Jackson (above) suffered a “significant” foot injury. The Washington Redskins ran into knee issues for both running back Derrius Guice and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen.