As the NFL and the NFL Players Association continue to wrangle over reaching accord on a new collective bargaining agreement, the union has come out with a study that shows injuries increased in 2010.
According to the report, the first annual "Dangers of the Game of Football," injuries per week per team rose from 3.2 to 3.2. From the 2002-09 seasons, the average share of NFL players injured during the regular season was 59 percent. In 2010, it was 63 percent, according to the study.
There was also an increase in the severity of the injuries, according to the report. In 2010, 13 percent of all injuries required a player to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. That compared to 10 percent from 2002-09.
A total of 16 percent of all players were placed on IR in 2010, compared to an average of 11 percent from 2002-09.
"We know that injuries are part of the game, but the more data and information we can gather on player health and safety, the more likely we are to make the game safer," said Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA's medical director. "Player contracts are not guaranteed, even as injury rates rise, which means careers face sudden ends each time the ball is snapped."
Browns LB Scott Fujita said the injury situation should be addressed in CBA negotiations.
"An NFL football field isn't a typical workplace, and we know we are facing significant risk when we play this game," he said.