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NFL Injury Reporting Policy: AKA stand up comedy

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    The NFL’s official injury report policy is stated as follows:

    “It is NFL policy that information on all injured players be supplied by clubs to the league office, the opposing team and local media each game week of the regular season and postseason (including for the two Super Bowl teams the week between the Championship Games and the Super Bowl). The information must be credible, accurate, and specific within the guidelines of the policy.

    “All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media.

    “This policy is of paramount importance in maintaining the integrity of the NFL.

    “The intent of the policy is to provide a full and complete rendering of player availability. The information must be reported in a satisfactory manner to all parties, i.e., the opposing team, local and national media, broadcast partners, etc., for dissemination to the public through the news media.

    “The weekly personnel/injury reports have been a cornerstone of the public’s confidence in the NFL for many decades. The credibility of the NFL, our teams, owners, and team personnel requires full compliance with these policies, which will be strictly enforced.”

    Teams can be fined for violating this rule, however I think it is closer to a game for head coaches now than a rule. The last time I know of that a team was fined for violating this rule was in 2012, when the Redskins and Ravens were fined. Coaches like Bill Belichick often makes a mockery of the report and former Titans general manager Floyd Reese routinely classified a majority of his players as “questionable.” When asked about it, his stock answer was, “They might play or they might not.”

    The idea of the report is to list the rough percentage chance a player has to play... each player cited in the injury report is classified daily as probable; 75 percent chance to play, questionable 50 percent; chance to play, doubtful; 25 percent chance to play or out; will not play.

    This report was not created to protect fantasy points or keep the fans in the know, that was never the purpose or intent. I doubt the fan was ever really a consideration in the report purpose. The report was generated because in 1947, the league suspended two members of the New York Giants who were suspected of trying to "fix" the 1946 NFL Championship Game. The purpose of the report is to make available information on injuries public so gamblers have no reason to get close to players to obtain secret, inside information.

    In short the report began as an attempt to insulate the sport from involving its members in gambling.

    It is often a joke. In 2012 it came out in a press conference that Ed Reed was playing with a partially torn labrum, and that resulted in the Ravens being fined. There are many such examples of non-reported injuries. The reason for this is many Caches feel that reporting an injury places a target on the player.

    What defensive player isn't going to give a bit extra if they know Rivers has tender ribs? Bill Cowher has said that he would routinely mis-report the location of the injury for this very reason.

    So if you are frustrated that Mike McCoy did not call you and give yo full disclosure about Rivers' ribs, don't feel bad. The NFL does not consider your need to know important, and they haven't fined a team for fragrantly abusing this joke of a policy in about 2 years...

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