admin / September 23, 2017
Andy Dalton had the worst performance of his football career in the Bengals’ season opener on Sunday. He’ll have to hope four days is enough time to correct his mistakes when Cincinnati hosts the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network (live stream).
Houston has its own quarterback problems. Starter Tom Savage lasted just one half before head coach Bill O’Brien had enough and inserted 2017 first-round pick Deshaun Watson in his place. Neither quarterback could do much behind a cheesecloth offensive line — the pair was sacked a combined 10 times in a loss to the Jaguars.
The league will install collapsible, movable medical tents on each team’s sideline throughout the 2017 season, allowing doctors and training staff a measure of privacy and calm when examining a player. These tents will be noticeable from the stands — they’re big enough to fit a training table, the afflicted player, and all the doctors and staff members needed to perform a comprehensive test.
The Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower was the first player to use the tent in the 2017 season, after two Chiefs players rolled onto his knee in the third quarter of the NFL’s season opener.
These examinations were previously conducted on the sideline in full view of fans and television cameras. The league hopes this measure will allow for better evaluations and a more respectful environment to assess an injured athlete.
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