Saints running back Alvin Kamara among other players express annoyance over likely 17-game season

Some relevant NFL players expressed their annoyance on social media over the expected expansion to 17 games of the regular season.

Team owners are scheduled to decide whether to approve the expansion during their virtual meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was one of the most vocal critics after ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the league had played 16-game seasons since 1978, by far the longest. without a change in NFL history.

“Silly shit,” Kamara said.

Other players who expressed their annoyance include Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay and Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan.

Former wide receiver Torey Smith said on Twitter that “adjustments must be made” to keep players healthy during a 17-game season. George Atallah, assistant executive director for external affairs responded to the post.

“There will be automatic changes to the offseason and regular season training schedules as a result (of the expansion),” Atallah noted.

The owners were given the ability to expand the season to 17 games as part of last year’s collective bargaining agreement with players, although the extra game was a point of contention among several players who voted against it.

The league already has a formula for a game 17 on the schedule, which could include an extra game against an opponent from the other conference each year, based on last season’s division position.

Speaking to Pittsburgh Steelers fans last week, team owner Art Rooney II indicated that a 17-game season was likely next season, noting that he believed it would “work out well.” If a 17-game campaign is approved, the preseason is expected to be shortened from four to three games.

“The 17-game schedule, I think, will work out well. This year will be the first for that. We will have a chance to see what happens. We will reduce the preseason one game, ”said Rooney.

ESPN’s Brooke Pryor contributed to this report.

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