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Matthew Slater not fan of Thursday games, hints they could be changed in future

Ryan Hannable
October 02, 2018 - 9:40 am

FOXBORO -- While a few players -- Tom Brady and Deatrich Wise -- have been on record this week saying they don't mind the Thursday games, one Patriots player does.

Matthew Slater.

The Patriots' special teams captain and NFLPA rep spoke Monday about the games and said it's a player safety issue.

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“We’ve really got to think about these Thursday night games moving forward from a player safety and health perspective,” Slater said. “I know it’s a good product, and I know the fans enjoy it, but I think we’ve really got to give it a long, hard look.” 

Slater also hinted the games could be brought up in the next CBA. The current one expires at the end of the 2020 season.

“I’m sure it’ll be visited here coming up soon,” he added.

While the games have been successful from a viewership standpoint, perhaps some changes could be made where teams can only play on a Thursday if they are coming off a bye. Three days to recover from a game just isn't enough for most players.

New England will host the Colts Thursday night.

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