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Another preseason, and more reasons for the NFL to reconsider the games | Opinion

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) is taken off the field after suffering an injury in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Molly McCullough

The National Football League (NFL) should eliminate preseason for several reasons, but the major reason the preseason should be eliminated is because it puts athletes at risk of sustaining an injury.

Preseason games have been part of the NFL almost since its inception, going back to the 1930s. From 1970 through 1977. Then, from 1978 to 2019, the number was chopped from six to four.

Lately, preseason has been crucial, costly injuries, some of them season-ending.

While most coaches decide to play non-starters over starters, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh decided to play J.K. Dobbins, who would have been a starter for the 2021 regular season. A running back, Dobbins told his coach he did not want to play during the preseason. Dobbins did not want to get injured and no longer be able to play during the regular season. But that’s when it happened. Dobbins injured his knee after getting tackled during the final game of the 2021 NFL preseason.

It was later revealed by an MRI that J.K. Dobbins suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. However, this is not the first major injury that has happened during the preseason. And it currently won’t be the last major injury that will happen during the preseason.

Over the years, there have been a lot of athletes who have sustained injuries ,and most of them have been season ending. Those include Julian Edelman, Derrius Guice, and Lamar Miller all tore their ACL in just the past five years, just to name a few.

Preseason games should also be eliminated because it provides little to no entertainment value. Another reason preseason games should be eliminated is because most coaches already know what their roster is going to look like.

If preseason were to be eliminated, players would still be able to prepare through practices, which are generally enough to get a team ready because they take place three times a week and occur each week until the season starts.

Admittedly, if preseason were to be eliminated, teams would have to find other ways to make the money they make from selling tickets to those game. But since football is the most popular sport in the United States, they should have no problem finding other ways to make money.

Bottom line, the NFL should eliminate the preseason, and that should bein in 2022, before any more stars see their season end before they even get to the first game.

Molly McCullough is a junior majoring in Sports Media.



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