The League

THE QUESTION

Is There Too Much Pressure to Play Injured?

With Cowboys tight end Jason Witten trying to play with a broken rib, does the NFL salary structure and gladiator culture compel players to take undue risks?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 29, 2008 1:21 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Can't Make the Club in the Tub

Balancing the conflicting interests of team, sport and well being is the responsibility of not just the player, but his agent.

Posted by Peter Schaffer, on October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

Money Creates Security

It's different today because of the money and the salary cap. If I didn't play, someone might take my job.

Posted by Joe Theismann, on October 29, 2008 1:51 PM

Their Own Worst Enemies

The bulk of the pressure to play hurt, it seems to me, is self-imposed.

Posted by Mark Maske, on October 29, 2008 1:37 PM

Hurt or Injured?

There is always a delicate balance between taking a short term risk by allowing the player play versus sacrificing the future of the team

Posted by Dr. A. Brion Gardner, on October 29, 2008 1:32 PM

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