It’s not unusual for NFL teams to suffer serious injuries as OTA’s and training camps get underway. It is more than a little unusual, however, to have the head coach be the one who suffers the serious injury.
New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur tore his achilles on Wednesday night while playing Knockout. A game that involves various basketball skills, mostly shooting.
According to the New York Post, “Unlike the season-long recovery it might take LaFleur if he were playing, LaFleur will reportedly undergo surgery on Sunday and be back for the rest of OTAs. Certainly it will be an obstacle for the first-time head coach, as well as an embarrassing moment, but he should be able to do his job just fine.”
Most NFL players have clauses in their contracts that prohibit them from taking part in other sports like basketball, or basketball related activities. Recently, the Kansas City Chiefs stopped Pat Mahomes from playing basketball after video of the star quarterback shooting hoops went viral.
The league will probably not begin putting restrictions on the ability of coaches to play basketball. Instead, the humiliation and mockery LaFleur is sure to endure from his fellow coaches and players at training camp will likely dissuade him or any other coach from doing that again.
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