Four years ago, when the NFL announced plans to expand its slate of Thursday night games, many players greeted the announcement with concern and consternation.
They understood the league's desire to grow its television footprint but wondered if the proliferation of four-day turnarounds would place undue strain on already-aching bodies.
As the Ravens prepared to host the Cleveland Browns this Thursday, however, they spoke of the short week as a mildly stressful fact of life, one of many in a sport built on the trade-off of pain for glory.
For 34-year-old linebacker Terrell Suggs, it meant three fewer days to nurse his torn left biceps.
For safety Eric Weddle, it...