The criticism that Derrick Rose received last season when the Bulls made the playoffs and their superstar point guard was still strapped to the bench with an ACL injury was deafening. Though reports had surfaced that Rose may have been ready to play, the former MVP made the decision not to do so in the interest of his health and was roundly criticized for it by fans everywhere. However, it's this sort of mentality that directly feeds the football players who hide their concussions or any other athlete who decides to "play through the pain." By placing Herculean expectations on every athlete, we're putting pressure on them to endanger themselves or to put the longevity of their careers in jeopardy. And let's be honest, the opinion of a few fans isn't worth the millions they'd be losing later on.
Player A is soft because he still hasn't come back from his injury but Player B is dumb because he's rushing back.