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"Fingergate" looms over Pats-Fins game

With enough money being placed by bettors on the Miami Dolphins to prompt multiple sports books to take their game against the Patriots off the board and with reports now emerging that New England quarterback Tom Brady injured a finger during practice on Friday, the bigger question is whether there was something going on before Friday.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Friday’s injury was actually an aggravation of a prior (undisclosed) condition, which might have accounted for Brady’s lack of zip on the ball against the Saints — and his removal from the contest with 5:22 to play.

Indeed, the scuttlebutt regarding the betting line moving toward Miami began Wednesday, supposedly two days before Brady injured his finger.

So stay tuned on this one.  Though the Patriots ultimately disclosed Brady’s finger injury on Friday and have listed him as probable (curiously, however, “finger” didn’t appear next to Brady’s name on the version of the report disseminated by the Dolphins on Friday), it always makes sense to follow the money, and the money is pointing to something that will make it hard for the Pats to pull off a victory.

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25 Responses to “"Fingergate" looms over Pats-Fins game”
  1. carp killah says: Dec 6, 2009 10:48 AM

    This is BS. People get physically harmed over this stuff. Just disclose the freaking injuries.

  2. leatherneck says: Dec 6, 2009 10:49 AM

    Well, that would explain why Brady was throwing below his own ability on MNF. That said, this is all just speculation at this point.

  3. Citizen Strange says: Dec 6, 2009 10:57 AM

    Belichick is so crooked that when they go to bury him they will have to corkscrew him into the ground.

  4. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 6, 2009 11:00 AM

    Is this another story about Bud Adams?

  5. JimmySmith says: Dec 6, 2009 11:03 AM

    A logical explanation is that Bellicheat abused the NFL rules (again) but hey, who would believe such a far fetched assertion?

  6. Rob0729 says: Dec 6, 2009 11:05 AM

    Cue all the people who say when other teams hide injuries that is no big deal turning this into the worst crime since Watergate.
    Every team hides injuries. The injury report is for gamblers, not opposing teams. Yes, it is a form of cheating. And yes, every team does it to a certain extent. If the league can prove it, slap them on a wrist with a fine.
    Seriously, before Monday night, Brady went 5 games in a row throwing for 300 yards. It wasn’t like the injury was affecting his play at least until Monday night.

  7. this class sucks says: Dec 6, 2009 11:08 AM

    Yeah, anything to ensure that everyone knows that the Pats really could have beat the Saints they just didn’t want to. How do you defend this Pats fans? If you wanna say he was injured in MNF than they cheated, again. Or you just got crushed by the Saints.

  8. patsfanlisa says: Dec 6, 2009 11:10 AM

    “Citizen Strange says:
    December 6, 2009 10:57 AM
    Belichick is so crooked that when they go to bury him they will have to corkscrew him into the ground.”
    Right, so when every other coach manipulates the injury reports, it’s okay because it’s not Belichick? Get over yourself.

  9. IRCanTalkFootball says: Dec 6, 2009 11:14 AM

    Sounds like he “injured” his finger on Friday so they could control how large this backfires on them.
    If Brady plays like crap today, it was known beforehand, and they said nothing than they clearly lied.
    If he plays bad, now they can blame it on the Friday injury and try to get away with any lying before Friday.

  10. stanjam says: Dec 6, 2009 11:14 AM

    Give me a break. Every player that is worth his salt is hurt right now. Every player has sore limbs, fingers, toes. They don’t bother reporting everything unless they DO aggravate the injury. Brady tweaked a finger that probably got pulled, jammed, or strained a bit at some point this season. So he finally reported it to the trainer.
    Adding a “gate” to this thing is beyond stupid. By the way, adding
    “gate” to a real controversy is stupid enough, and demeans the real reporting and investigation done to uncover Watergate. There is nothing investigative, or reporter-like to this, just rumor. So please take off the “gate” unless you plan on doing some real investigative reporting.

  11. philwauke says: Dec 6, 2009 11:14 AM

    So now I guess we’ll hear the saints won because Brady was hurt. c’mon.

  12. danlinker says: Dec 6, 2009 11:16 AM

    Nice try, but it’s just another pats excuse or lie. It’s one of those two things no matter what. Or both.
    Saints BEAT them. Brady got pulled because spoiled brat Bill couldn’t take watching the beat down. It was funny.
    Hope they lose to the dolphins too. And everyone else they play. It’s fun watching it all fall down. Funny, earlier in the season, we in AZ were getting a lot of pats games on tv. But not now.

  13. hayward giablommi says: Dec 6, 2009 11:23 AM

    So…is football a game in which coaches and players compete against each other to win games, using strategy, some of which includes deceit?
    Or is football just a means for gamblers to bet on games, with the league trying to assist degenerate gamblers (and bookies) as much as possible?
    I tend to think it’s the former…because that’s why I’m a fan of the game…but the NFL seems to be intent on blurring the lines between the two.

  14. hayward giablommi says: Dec 6, 2009 11:24 AM

    Citizen Strange says:
    “Belichick is so crooked that when they go to bury him they will have to corkscrew him into the ground.”
    ^^^^^
    Rating: 1/5

  15. richardnep says: Dec 6, 2009 11:24 AM

    Yellow Journalism.

  16. ampats says: Dec 6, 2009 11:30 AM

    Love how commenters are jumping on this. Big deal if he bruised his finger, he practiced all week and he is starting today.
    Carp Kill,
    Looks like you feel all injuries should be disclosed for bettors.

  17. Captain says: Dec 6, 2009 11:46 AM

    How does Vegas and gamblers know more on the injury than the general football community?

  18. Doohickey says: Dec 6, 2009 11:50 AM

    There is a very simple reason why this is a big deal, ampats:
    It’s the rules.
    It’s the rules and the Patriots are either the worst in the league at fudging the injury report or are among the most persistent violators (see Maroney, Lawrence).

  19. nedirect says: Dec 6, 2009 11:51 AM

    @danlinker…you were getting alo tof patriots games because your team and fans suck so bad that the home teams games are not televised. go pats.

  20. TimTheEnchanter says: Dec 6, 2009 11:59 AM

    Bogus betting lines based on insider information is EXACTLY why teams are supposed to disclose injuries. The Patriots need to be punished SEVERELY for this. They have thumbed their noses at the injury reporting process long enough. It goes to the integrity of the games.
    If people think insiders and shady characters have the edge in a game because of hidden injury information, they won’t bet because they know they’re at a disadvantage. And as much as the NFL doesn’t want to admit it, if there isn’t betting, their popularity will take a significant hit.

  21. SmackMyVickUp says: Dec 6, 2009 12:02 PM

    Pats on board at 5.5 at my Vegas Casino this morning.
    Must have figured Dolphins are just that bad.

  22. BonnieD says: Dec 6, 2009 12:05 PM

    “Belichick is so crooked that when they go to bury him they will have to corkscrew him into the ground.”
    Well said. Rating: 5 out of 5.

  23. InBBWeTrust says: Dec 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    Ahhh PFT, the National Enquirer of sports. I can’t wait for Brady and Co to put up 40 on the Phins.

  24. lusdawg says: Dec 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    “Slaton is unlikely to play in this week’s game due to numbness in his arms related to a previously undisclosed shoulder injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.”
    Found this when looking at ny opponents fantasy lineup. Yep, it’s just Belichick … yawn …

  25. shamalamadingdong says: Dec 6, 2009 1:00 PM

    TimTheEnchanter says:
    December 6, 2009 11:59 AM
    Bogus betting lines based on insider information is EXACTLY why teams are supposed to disclose injuries. The Patriots need to be punished SEVERELY for this. They have thumbed their noses at the injury reporting process long enough. It goes to the integrity of the games.
    Pats reported the finger on Fridays injury report. The only “thumb” I can see here is the one you’ve got up your ass.

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