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Tim Graham's Power Take: NFL drops 5 minutes of OT, does nothing to stem not-so-sudden death

The NFL is obnoxious when it comes to pretending about player safety.

The league on Tuesday adopted a shorter overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes -- five big, freaking minutes -- because it's so concerned about too much strain on the players, especially those who must play 96 hours later.

"We think this is an important change," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declared, "particularly for teams that may be into ... a lengthy overtime situation that may have to come back and play on a Thursday night.

"So this is another positive change."

How about this, Roger and your 32 owner-bosses?

If you're truly concerned, then erase 60 minutes on Thursday nights.

Aside for another reason to gamble or adjust your fantasy lineup, Thursday night games are a farce when it comes to the quality of performance (players are wiped out), the matchups (they're games the networks don't want) and the NFL's brand (waters down the week).

NFL games are grueling enough. Some might consider it not-so-sudden death. Asking players to line up and knock heads on three day's rest is awfully worse than five minutes of OT.

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