NFLPA report says injuries are up

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WASHINGTON -- The NFL Players Association released a report Friday saying that the amount and severity of injuries throughout the league increased in 2010.

In its first annual injury report, the NFLPA said the average number of injuries per week, per team in 2010 was 3.7, up from 3.2. Additionally, 63% of all players were injured at some point during the season, compared to 59% from 2002-09.

The report was released a little more than a month before the current collective bargaining agreement expires. The NFLPA statement said that under the current CBA, players are not fully protected from being released after sustaining a significant injury.

"We know that injuries are part of the game, but the more data and information we can gather on player health and safety, the more likely we are to make the game safer," said Dr. Thom Mayer, NFLPA medical director. "Player contracts are not guaranteed, even as injury rates rise, which means careers face sudden ends each time the ball is snapped."

Browns linebacker Scott Fujita said these risks need to be considered during negotiations.

"An NFL football field isn't a typical workplace, and we know we are facing significant risk when we play this game," said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who was limited to nine games this past season because of a knee injury. "We're talking about more than 350 players going on injured reserve during the course of the regular season, which is more than any year in the previous decade."

According to the NFLPA report, 13% of all 2010 injuries required placement on injured reserve. From 2002-09, an average of 10% of injuries required a trip to the IR.


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