The Canadian Football League Players’ Association issued a statement on player safety after a nightmare week for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team lost not one but four players to an Achilles injury during training camp.
Linebacker Larry Dean suffered a torn Achilles while training at Mosaic Stadium and then General manager Jeremy O’Day then revealed that three other players went down with the same injuries. Those three players were defensive lineman Freddie Bishop III, defensive back Nelson Lokombo and running back Jonathan Femi-Cole.
What makes it even crazier is that those players suffered the same freak injuries all within six minutes of each toher.
“I can say that in all my years of being around the game, I’ve never seen anything quite like this where we have four injuries like this in the same period of time,” O’Day told reporters.
“Despite the CFL’s assurances that player health and safety is a high priority for the league and teams, we have confirmed six members experienced Achilles Tendon injuries yesterday (four of six occurring within six minutes on one team),” the CFLPA said in a statement. “This clearly contradicts those assurances.
“The reports we have received regarding the circumstances cause us great concern that the coaching staff were not respecting the protocols in place for the first week of player isolation. We will continue to seek answers and demand more rigorous oversight on proper player safety standards.”
Just completely insane. Prayers to all those players for a speedy recovery.