Steelers-Bengals Game Resurrects Questions About The Inherent Brutality Of The NFL
In Monday night’s contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazierwas taken off field during the first quarter with a back injury that reportedly caused him to momentarily lose feeling below the waist. The game was called “vicious” by many, but others, including Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, say that violence is normal for AFC North football.
Was the violence in Cincinnati an aberration? Should the NFL do more to prevent these kinds of injuries? Or should casualties be expected in what is perhaps an inherently brutal sport? Tim Benz, columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Sean Gentille, sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, discuss.
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