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Favre spurs injury report rules refresher

Brett Favre’s decision to provide retroactive excuses for 2008′s New York swan dive has touched off a flurry of injury report hand-wringing.

What did the Jets know, when did they know it and why didn’t they tell the football-watching world about Favre’s torn biceps?

Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum already fell on his sword earlier today, saying, “As general manager of this team I should’ve handled that differently and listed him on the report.  We didn’t because he wasn’t getting treatment every day and we knew he was going to play.”

That last phrase “we knew he was going to play” is the cover teams hide behind when it comes to reporting injuries.

But, sa NFL Director of Media Relations Michael Signora related to us in an email, that ain’t good enough.

“With regard to the policy, it 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. . . .  The intent of the policy is to provide a full and complete rendering of player availability.”

Signora added that the case of Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was investigated and the Patriots did not violate the policy.

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20 Responses to “Favre spurs injury report rules refresher”
  1. igor79 says: Sep 10, 2009 4:44 PM

    Since the Jets admitted to breaking the rules are they subjects to penalties? I would really like them to lose a draft pick. Can we make that happen?

  2. hayward giablommi says: Sep 10, 2009 4:48 PM

    Cheaters.

  3. Zox says: Sep 10, 2009 4:53 PM

    Laurence Maroney had a broken shoulder. How does not reporting that not violate the policy?

  4. A_Source_close_2_Favre says: Sep 10, 2009 4:55 PM

    “Since the Jets admitted to breaking the rules are they subjects to penalties? I would really like them to lose a draft pick. Can we make that happen?”
    Their penalty was that they were forced to play an aging quarterback they knew was hurt and missed the playorrs as a result. The diva’s ego and his record was more important than the team. It will happen to MN this year too, if Mangina didn’t sit him Mr. Noodle won’t either. They were just plain stupid to let him keep playing next year.

  5. A_Source_close_2_Favre says: Sep 10, 2009 4:56 PM

    “Since the Jets admitted to breaking the rules are they subjects to penalties? I would really like them to lose a draft pick. Can we make that happen?”
    Their penalty was that they were forced to play an aging quarterback they knew was hurt and missed the playorrs as a result. The diva’s ego and his record was more important than the team. It will happen to MN this year too, if Mangina didn’t sit him Mr. Noodle won’t either. They were just plain stupid to let him keep playing next year.

  6. stopwhining says: Sep 10, 2009 5:17 PM

    “retroactive excuses . . ” so yellow.
    How can it count as a new “excuse” when everyone know a long time ago he was playing injured?
    I wish someone would throw this article under a bus.

  7. Barcid says: Sep 10, 2009 5:25 PM

    Favre: “Coach Mangini would not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My trainer does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
    My time with the Jets is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
    From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
    Exult, O fans, and ring, O bells!
    But I, with mournful tread,
    Walk the field my torn bicep lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.”

  8. JimmySmith says: Sep 10, 2009 5:30 PM

    If full disclosure is required, the Vikings should list Favre as having a bruised vigina.

  9. FireJerryJones says: Sep 10, 2009 5:34 PM

    J*E*T*S never did anything the Patriots didn’t do first.
    xcept win of course…
    They won’t be fined.

  10. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 10, 2009 5:45 PM

    Thanks Tom for carrying the company water bucket- chant after me “Favre is evil, spread the word. Favre is evil…”
    “Brett Favre’s decision to provide retroactive excuses…” Of course, don’t the fact that it certainly appears by all available evidence that Favre was actually injured and this was reflected in his play, sway your bias. Don’t let Tannenbaum’s acknowledgement of the situation sway your bias. Remember- other players get hurt, but when Brett does it just an excuse.
    Love these guys who never played the game calling into question what real athletes go through.

  11. Great Smoky says: Sep 10, 2009 6:16 PM

    Favre did not “provide retroactive excuses,” he candidly answered a question regarding his and the Viking’s attitudes towards his consecutive start record, and related last year’s events to provide context.
    Tannenbaum did not “fall on his sword,” he admitted his mistake, with a refreshing absence of double talk and inflammatory language. He offered a reason (an invalid one it seems), not a defensive excuse.
    Why not focus on the elements of the story, and applaud the quiet candor with which these issues were dealt? Or do we prefer sophomoric Twitter whores and their narcissistic bleating?
    It has been made clear that Favre can do no right in the eyes of PFT’s editorial staff. As a reader, I don’t mind the site’s opinion being different from mine, but I am weary of being hit over the head with it.

  12. Ken1313 says: Sep 10, 2009 6:54 PM

    Asterik!!! Jets cheat !!! and Yes, they most certainly will be fined or penalized…….

  13. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Sep 10, 2009 7:00 PM

    JimmySmith:
    “If full disclosure is required, the Vikings should list Favre as having a bruised vigina.”
    ————————————————-
    I usually hate 60% of the crap you post but this did make me LOL

  14. longrodvanhungendong says: Sep 10, 2009 7:09 PM

    Whats the big deal? If a guy is not listed as injured and doesn’t play cause he is hurt, yeh, thats f-ed up. Or if the team knows the player is out but they say “questionable”, that’s shady too. If a guy is hurt and still plays without being listed as injured , whats the big deal??? Now a guy coming out on his own and admitting he may have a broken rib and will still play, that’s “different” to say the least. JEDI mind trick?

  15. Mariann Pepitone says: Sep 10, 2009 7:30 PM

    JimmySmith: I view your comment as being extremely vulgar. The books should be closed on Favre when he was with the Jets. That’s in the past and we have to go forward. I like Favre. I never read where he made comments about other players like Cutler of the Bears. The Vikings will do well with Favre and possibly could win the chance to be in the Super Bowl. It is not in good taste to make nasty comments about players. No football player is perfect. They all want to win their team to win the Super Bowl but mistakes will be made and the best two teams will win.

  16. Raider Pride says: Sep 10, 2009 7:49 PM

    Here is my concern….
    When there is no “Full Disclosure” It F**ks up the true Vegas Line.
    I swear last year my bookie Vinny “The Nose” Guardio…… was getting all of the factual injury reports from every fricken trainer in the NFL.
    That is why I am living in a van… Down by the river.

  17. Bigbluefan says: Sep 10, 2009 7:53 PM

    After Game one almost every player has a knock or knick and based on the rules teams would have to list all 53 players

  18. FAUJim says: Sep 10, 2009 8:09 PM

    It seems Cutler may be worse than Favre….http://www.espnmadison.com/includes/news_items/1/news_items_more.php?id=152&section_id=1

  19. JoeSixPack says: Sep 10, 2009 11:13 PM

    I really feel for Eric Mangini… a trusted member of his own organization has moved on to another team, and disclosed details about how he was cheating.
    That’s got to hurt.

  20. golongboyee says: Sep 11, 2009 2:49 PM

    The bottom line is……..the relevance of an injury report in the first place is for bookies and gambling, which the NFL attempts to cover up the fact that they are in bed with the bookies.
    There is no other reason for an injury report, especially when it is obvious that they don’t report any factual information anyway.

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