Concerns have been raised about potential injuries during the series of informal player workouts organized around the league. “Quite honestly, I’m waiting for the first ACL tear that happens and then we’ll see if anyone talks about how great this whole workout program is for these young guys,” an unnamed general manager told Sports Illustrated.
“Every club in a way wishes they were like the old Redskins and had all 80 guys out there working together, but as soon as a prominent player pops an ACL in some high school gym or at some college, what’s going to be the reaction? If someone breaks a leg, who’s there to help? As a GM, the thing that makes me nervous is the what-ifs that could happen without supervision, specifically from a training standpoint.
“I just think the potential downside outweighs the benefit. I know that’s probably not conventional thinking, considering the Redskins won two championships off this kind of thing. But the athletes today, with the conditioning they have, it’s not like it used to be when players had to come to training camp to get into shape. So to sit here and think it’s going to give someone an edge, I don’t know. Let someone lose their quarterback for eight months because he slipped and hurt something, be it a Drew Brees, a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, then we’ll see how fast these camps continue.”
Meanwhile, an agent said he has told his players to be cautious and not work out with teammates for fear of a non-football injury causing the player to lose out on millions of dollars.