It is now common knowledge that the NFL has always somewhat shied away from addressing the dangers involved with playing football. The topic has come to the forefront as of late, with many mainstream news outlets addressing the growing concerns and Concussion, starring Will Smith, hitting theaters last winter. Today, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley is just another person in a long line of those now discussing safety concerns with the sport.
During an interview with WGR550, Whaley was asked about whether or not Bills wide out Sammy Watkins is injury prone, and he had a rather interesting response.
“I wouldn’t say that. If you look at his game log, he’s only missed three games. So is he injury prone? I wouldn’t say that. Are things going to come up with a guy like this? We hope that it gets limited in the future, but it’s the game of football. And injuries are part of it and it’s violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play and these things are going to come up. But we trust in our medical staff and we trust in each individual athlete to do what they have to do to get back on the field.”
Surely Whaley doesn’t think that the NFL should close up shop and go out of business. This would would put him out of a job, but it should not be ignored that a high ranking team official is publicly sharing sentiments such as these.