Mark Murphy speaks out against 18-game season

Chatter about the possibility of an 18-game season has pretty much been reduced to a whisper these days.

It seems unlikely the NFL will expand from 16 to 18 games, at least not anytime in the near future.

One prominent figure spoke out against the possibility today. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, who was attending the club’s annual shareholders’ meeting at Lambeau Field, said he is not in favor.

I couldn’t support a move to 18 (regular-season games) and two (preseason games),” Murphy said, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “With the focus on player safety, it would be really hard to support that.”

In fact, Murphy said he would support a move to just 16 games and two preseason contests, reducing by two the number of exhibition games.

“I’d be in favor of 16 and two,” Murphy said. “The challenge would be you’d lose revenue, and could you develop your younger players? The starters would play more in preseason. I don’t know if you’d gain much form the health and safety standpoint.”

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