BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After the injury-riddled season the Baltimore Ravens had last year, starting off 2016 with a handful of major injuries is not how Head Coach John Harbaugh wanted it to go.
Although the Ravens are currently 3-0 in preseason, during the game against the Detroit Lions, tight end Ben Watson went down during the first play with what we now know is a torn Achilles and he will be out for the season. Running back Kennith Dixon also left the game with a knee sprain injury and will undergo an MRI.
Harbaugh said if he had his way, there would be no preseason games. He continued, “It’s not the 70s anymore. These guys playing these games, it’s tough, and they’re not meaningful games. We’re football coaches, we can find ways to get our guys ready and get players evaluated without the kind of risk that a game entails, i’m hopeful the union and the league can get together and do something that’s good for everybody.”
The Ravens will be trimming their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday, the are expected to place TE Benjamin Watson (Achilles) and DE Bronson Kaufusi (ankle) on injured reserve and injury-waive S Matt Elam (knee). That means there are still twelve more moves to make.
So overall, do you think the NFL still needs preseason games to practice or should they be eliminated?