Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin: Thursday NFL games 'should be illegal'
Doug Baldwin isn't hiding his feelings about the NFL's scheduling of midweek contests.
After the Seattle Seahawks incurred a number of injuries in a 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the wide receiver said Thursday night games should be banned.
"This (expletive) should be illegal," Baldwin said, according to The (Tacoma) News Tribune. "It is not OK. It’s not OK. You can quote me on that."
Baldwin had five catches for 95 yards in the game despite pulling his quadriceps during pregame warmups. Several Seahawks suffered injuries, including cornerback Richard Sherman, who ruptured his Achilles.
Asked if the NFL needed to end Thursday games, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said: "I don't want to have to pay anything, so I'm not going to comment about anything."
Sherman also has been a critic of Thursday night games.
"Poopfest. It's terrible," Sherman said in 2016. "We got home like 1 o'clock in the morning, something like that, on Monday, and then you've got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they've been doing it all season, so I guess we're the last ones to get the middle finger."
Baldwin's complaint comes on the heels of a similar sentiment from Buffalo Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito, who criticized the NFL after a 34-21 loss to the New York Jets last Thursday.
“Yeah, you know, it’s tough,” Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito said. “These Thursday night games – they suck. They throw a wrench in our schedule. It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have to do this. As physical as this game is, as much work and preparation that goes into this, to force us to play games in four-day weeks is completely unfair. And it’s (expletive).
“But, you know, whatever. The league makes money off of it. That’s all they care about, anyway. So we just keep trucking. We’ve got a tough group of guys in this locker room, so it’s back to the drawing board, back to Buffalo, and we’ve got the Saints.”