‘Thursday night football should be illegal’: Was Seahawks-Cardinals the tipping point?


Thursday night tableaux. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Last December, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote a story for the Players’ Tribune entitled “Why I Hate Thursday Night Football” that delivered exactly what it promised. The four-time Pro Bowler laid into the NFL over its midweek games, calling them a “poopfest” and describing how they do not give players enough time to recuperate from contests played just four days earlier. As an example, he cited Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, one of the league’s most marketable and talented players, who reinjured his back during a Thursday night game in Week 3 of the 2016 season. He wouldn’t return until 2017.

On Thursday night against the Cardinals, Sherman ruptured his Achilles’ tendon. A player who hasn’t missed a game since joining the league in 2011 won’t return until 2018.

Sherman wasn’t alone. Seattle left tackle Duane Brown sprained his ankle. Safety Kam Chancellor suffered a stinger. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Michael Wilhoite suffered a calf injury. Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Frank Clark ran into each other in the fourth quarter, both leaving the game. Running back C.J. Prosise, who had missed most of the previous five games with a right

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