Injuries on NFL punts are up 50%: What's the cause? What's the fix?

Injuries on NFL punts are up 50%: What's the cause? What's the fix?

May 24, 2022 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • The rate of missed time for injuries that occurred on punt plays increased by about 50% over the past two seasons, according to league data that up until that point hadn't been widely disseminated.
  • Harbaugh, who claimed that the spike in soft-tissue injuries such as pulled hamstrings could be lessened by better conditioning, said a rule change based on current data would be an "overreach," and added: "I don't think it's that big of a problem."
  • There could be other ways to minimize the amount of space gunners cover and the speed at which they do it, but ultimately, Sills said, "You always want to make sure that your solution addresses the problem."
  • The rates of punts per game in 2019 (8.4), 2020 (7.4) and 2021 (7.6) are the three lowest for a season since at least 1981, according to NFL data.

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