While NFL players are getting ready to compete for roster spots at training camp, the league and the NFL Players' Association are battling over the length of the regular season.
But for NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, that proposal still doesn't do enough to protect the players.
"I know fans love to talk about ideas like this, but I live in a world where we want to decrease injury, we want to decrease exposure, we want to decrease the chances of long-term injury, we want to increase the type of health care that we've got after football is over. I didn't hear any of that baked into an 18-game proposal."
There is one schedule tweak Smith would make, however: Eliminate preseason games.
"I look at preseason games as our guys being exposed to injury before the work begins," Smith said. "In 2018, we had 79 preseason concussions before the work began."
"Instead of looking at all of this as a bridge to 18 games, why don't we look at it in isolation of how do we decrease injuries."