Ware says 18-game schedule will shorten careers

DeMarcus Ware isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, player to express concern over the 18-game regular season being proposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ware is wary of the impact of the longer season on player’s bodies, telling ESPN Radio Dallas that it would shorten their careers.

“That’s a lot of games. People don’t realize,” Ware said, per sportsradiointerviews.com. “We only have 16 games because of how brutal it is on your body. You have to look at that. People will probably have shorter careers because of that.”

Ware, whose stance is closer to that of Bears LB Lance Briggs, isn’t necessarily against the idea. But he suggests steps will have to be taken to make it plausible.

“If they’re trying to take away two games from the preseason and add them to the regular season, there are going to have to be a lot of changes,” Ware said. “When you think about it, people and just players in general can barely make it through a regular season. When you (add) two more games to it, it’s going to just make it even longer. We’ve already got 53 guys on the roster. You’re going to have to bring in extra guys for help, to be honest.”

As Ware alludes to, it could be expanded rosters and/or more active players on game days that ends up being the compromise between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

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