With injuries in unofficial practices back in the spotlight following Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's minor knee injury on Wednesday, should the NFL ban "Organized Team Activities" altogether, forcing them to be called official practices?
Every year a prominent player is injured in the supposedly non-contact Organized Team Activities that occur throughout the "off-season," leading to a groundswell of support to eliminate the workouts entirely, or to at least redefine the "voluntary" nature of the workouts.
In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.
Posted by Peter Schaffer, on June 4, 2009 10:10 AM
Tell any player on the bubble that a team activity isn't required, whether it's implied or not, and he's likely to laugh in your face. As the NFL moves toward creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (we hope), the difference should either be delineated or eliminated.
Posted by Doug Farrar, on June 4, 2009 7:54 AM
ozpunk: Nah the OTAs are just fine; it gives the rookies some time to learn the new system without the physical contact and time for the veterans to...
jerkhoff: So the best comment the WP can find to post is from a snob who describes football as "brutality masked as a sport?" What a load of crap......
madmax8600: They're grown men who get paid millions of dollars a year to play a game. If they want to practice off season that's their choice. BTW, is...