Earlier this week 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin had this to say about the Thursday night games.

"I mean if [the NFL is] so concerned about player safety then why do you have every team in the league playing on Thursday night when they just competed on a Sunday knowing how difficult it is for guys to get back to being healthy after playing on Sunday?"

The easy answer: Expanding the brand exposure and ultimately money.

And the league has no intentions of doing away with the Thursday night schedule. In fact there was a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that said the league was exploring the possibility of adding more Thursday night games a claim the NFL promptly denied.