On Friday, I wrote about the potential perils of player-organized practices during the NFL lockout. In that piece, I discussed an article from Sports Illustrated‘s Don Banks, in which Banks hears from agents and personnel men who are leery of these workouts.
There’s an injury risk that is heightened when team employees and medical professionals aren’t present, especially if the players are going all out. Why should the guys risk career-ending injuries while the owners locking them out risk nothing?
That’s what several agents have been asking, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell:
Several prominent agents have told their players not to do a stitch of working out as the NFL lockout continues, CNBC has learned.
No lifting weights. No pickup basketball games.
Injuries suffered during these technically unsanctioned workouts are considering “non-football injuries,” which means injured players could lose the money they were guaranteed to make in upcoming seasons.
I doubt many players are following the advice of agents who think they should sit around eating Cheetos during the work stoppage. The odds of them getting hurt are significantly lower than the odds of them getting fat and lazy and never recovering from months of lethargy.