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Jerry Jones: An 18 Game Schedule Would Make Game Safer For Players

August 28, 2018 - 9:26 am
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - If it were up to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the NFL would move to an 18-game schedule.

Jones said Tuesday that he believes the addition of two regular season games and the subtraction of two preseason games would be safer for the players.

"My solution is real simple, cut back on preseason games," Jones said on Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan. "Have one at each team's home, play a couple of them and then add two games to the regular season, which I've been a proponent of for several years. That's a better equity or a better way of players using what they bring to the table, their talents, their skills, their professional time in pro sports. That'll give them a bigger pay day that's fair. The other thing it does is it certainly gives our fans what we all think they deserve and that is a competitive game."

Jones declined to go into details about how it would affect the current structure of the league's schedule but said it would be safer for the players to make the switch. 

"There's a lot of detail to it, but I think it's very doable," Jones said. "I think, candidly, it's probably physically better for players than it is to have the longer preseason, the longer practicing. Our studies show that we actually have a ramped-up injury situation with players during preseason as opposed to the injury factor in the regular season."

Jones was then asked specifically about his belief that decreasing preseason activity and an increase in games for the regular season would be healthier for the players.

"First of all, this is debatable," Jones said. "I think it's defensible, and really I did present it on the basis that it's something I think it does and that's create a safer game for the players."