I gotta say, I'm loving the whole "Player Safety" umbrella of arguement. And to me, the players are turning into hypocrits. They want to deny the owners any shot at an 18 game schedule in to next CBA. And their reasoning? Player safety and career longevity. Bullshit. They simply don't want to do it because they won't see significant pay increase if it happens.
Check the reasoning behind Devin Hester and Josh Cribbs pleading with the ruling committee over kick offs. They feel it takes opportunity away from them. Yup. An opportunity to make money. Cribs and Hester would have joke contracts and wages if they weren't kicked to. They were drafted with that in mind.
There's a safety issue EVERYWHERE in football. But if the players can't use it only when it benefits them. Which is all I see happening. I hope the league and owners cram safety down their throats. Another way to get back at them for supposedly "Knowing it's a violent game" then suing the league and teams after they retire for headaches and injuries. It can't work both ways. Even Cribbs and others have said they don't want certain rule changes because "We know what we've signed up for". Now, if we can just get the players to sign waivers when they sign contracts stating that they know the risks and will not seek lawsuits after something they know they're in for, happens.