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Redskins S Duke Ihenacho Wants to Get Rid of Thursday Night Games Because They Suck
If you’ve tuned in regularly for Thursday Night Football, then you know how excruciatingly bad the games have been this year. And it’s not going unnoticed, as many players have spoken out against them recently, as well as in the past.
One player who is not a fan of these games is Washington Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho, who appeared on “The Jim Rome Show” on Friday and spoke out against having these games because they’re horrible and it takes a toll on the players.
“I just feel like Thursday night games are a drag, man,” Ihenacho told Rome, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Physically our body just needs time to get healthy. It’s already hard playing every Sunday, and then when you shorten that week by a couple a days it’s hard to get psychologically and physically ready to play that game. That’s why you see all Thursday night games – they’re not as good as the Sunday games or the Monday games. It’s a reason. It’s not a coincidence.”
Ihenacho went on to describe the toll it takes on his body, but guys fight through it because they don’t want to seem weak.
“I feel like not moving,” Ihenacho said of the morning following a Thursday nighter. “I don’t want to get out bed. Every step hurts. Every muscle hurts. Your fingers hurt. Your thighs. You don’t want to do nothing. Guys want to be tough guys. We’re all men in the NFL – nobody wants to be the guy that can’t take it, but it’s harder for guys. I would like to just see us play on Sundays.”
For now, players will have to deal with it as the next CBA negotiation won’t happen till 2020 when the current deal runs out.