Study done on Thursday night games injury risk Craig Thomas

Competition Committee Report to Clubs: Injuries During Thursday Night Games

The Competition Committee requested and received an update from the League’s medical advisors during last week’s NFL Annual Meeting regarding whether there was an increase in the number of injuries and concussions during Thursday night games. In 2012, the injury rate for Thursday games was 5.2 per game versus 5.3 in games played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Concussion rates for games played on Thursday were also similar to games played on other days. A comparison of injury information between Thursday games and games played on other days dating back to 2009 provided similar results. The information showed that there is no greater injury risk playing on Thursday than on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. The Committee will continue to monitor this information going forward