The NFL has fined the Baltimore Ravens $20,000 for failing to report safety Ed Reed’s torn labrum. Per the rules, teams are required to report all injures throughout the week leading up to each game.
In a statement released by the league, regarding the fine. the following reasoning was given in support of the fine:
“The Ravens failed to list safety Ed Reed on the injury report for a labrum tear in his shoulder, Reed publicly acknowledged the injury on October 17 prior to Week 7 games and said it could be affecting his play. Although Reed fully participated in practices and games after sustaining the injury, he should have been listed on the report with a shoulder injury.”
“The Injury Report Policy states that, ‘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.”
In other words, even if you don’t feel the injury is serous enough for the player to miss a game or, if the player/team doesn’t want that info out there for a competitive advantage, you still have to list it. The $20K is the same fine the Redskins and Bills got for not disclosing Robert Griffin III’ concussion, and Mario Williams‘ wrist injury.