Back the ambulances up to the stadium tunnels. Put the team orthopedic surgeons on standby. Get ready to have players limping in and out of trainer's room 24 hours a day.
If the NFL is serious about expanding the regular season to 18 games in 2012, you're going to have even more players injured and sidelined than you do now.
This might be one of the worst ideas the NFL has ever had -- maybe even worse than charging fans full prices for pre-season games.
I'm with Ray Lewis on this one.
"If fans want to show their love, they should let everyone know that we are not machines," Lewis said on the NFL Player's Association's web site. ". . . I know our fans may not like pre-season games and I don't like all of them, but swapping two pre-season games for two end-of-season games -- when players already play hurt -- comes at a huge cost for the player and the team."
And I'm with Bart Scott on this, too.
The New York Jets linebacker and former Raven told the New York Daily News: "It's hard to ask players to play an extra game. Guys barely make it through the season, anyway."
Look, the NFL pre-season is too long -- everyone agrees with that. It's totally unnecessary -- players work on their conditioning and technique year-round and don't need all that time to get ready for the season.
But adding two more games where the stakes are high and everyone on the field is going all out just adds to the injury rate, which is already sky-high in pro football.
This is a bad idea -- even if the league decides to pay the players more money for the extra games.
If the NFL players cave in on this one, they'll have only themselves to blame.
Especially if, God forbid, they suffer a career-ending injury.