Fuji talks preseason injuries with Rome
Scott Fujita talks preseason injuries on The Jim Rome Show
August 24, 2015 1:41 PM
Early in yesterday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson is believed to have torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. If MRI results confirm, former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita says the Packers organization can try and spin it any way they want, but there’s no way to replace a Pro Bowl wideout like Nelson now.
“You’re going to hear all the usual coach speak you know, ‘A guy went down. Hey, its part of the game. The next guy’s got to step up,’ but we all know that’s a bunch of crap,” Fujita told The Jim Rome Show.
Fujita says it’s a shame players go down like Nelson every year in preseason but doesn’t have an answer on the best way to prevent such injuries.
“I honestly don’t know what the right fix is,” Fujita said. “If you ask the coaches, they say they need a couple games to develop their players, an actual player, one who might be a starter, you feel like you don’t need any time at all in those games. And then for guys who are just trying to make the roster they want as much opportunity as possible. So there’s really no quick fix about it, and it’s a complicated mess I think that everybody is in, players, coaches, and the league.”
The Super Bowl XLIV champion says a number of factors are in play for players in preseason games on whether or not it’s important to them or not.
“For a younger guy, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was the guy banging my heads up against lockers the first couple years in the league, you know, trying to impress the coaches and make a name for myself, and if you can take a big shot on somebody, you’re going to probably take it,” Fujita said. “But then later on you realize, ‘Hey, let’s just get everybody through this game as healthy as possible.’ So it has everything to do with where you’re at in your career. And again those special teams guys who are just clawing and scratching for the last couple spots on the roster, I mean honestly, they need those kind of reps. They want to do everything they can to showcase their abilities because they get very reduced reps in practice and that’s their one shot.”
Fujita admitted late in his playing career avoiding preseason injury was more important to him than playing hard.
“Towards the end, I would try to get through a preseason game without hitting the ground one time. That was honestly a goal of mine,” Fujita said. “I’ll go through and kind of make it look good and make a few bits of contact here and there, but to stay off the grounds at all cost. So not laying out for any tackles, not trying to avoid any cut blocks and get myself hurt. It was just anything you could do to not get hurt. And when you play like that you are actually putting yourself in a position to get hurt.”
However, Fujita says the biggest loser in preseason games is the fans that show up at the stadium.
“To me honestly, the biggest travesty is that people still got pay full price at the gate and 12 bucks a beer to watch crap football, that’s the biggest crap about this whole thing.”
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