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Sean Payton cops to playing whistleblower

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Sean Payton shared his side of the phone call the Buccaneers got from the league about not listing Josh Freeman on their injury report during his media session on Friday.

The Tampa quarterback appeared on the NFL Network with a splint on his thumb and Payton or someone else from the Saints caught wind of it. The Saints coach admitted Friday that he then called the league office to ask why Freeman didn’t appear on the team’s injury report Thursday. That led to the call from the league to the Bucs and the revision of the injury report to reflect Freeman’s minor thumb injury.

“Listen, I think when your quarterback’s on NFL Network with a splint on his thumb, normally he’s on the injury report,” said Payton. “At least take the splint off before you go on NFL Network, right?”

Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune said that Payton also acknowledged “a little gamesmanship” was involved in his decision to call the league about Freeman’s status. As a result of all the activity, the Saints also had to add tackle Zach Strief to their injury report because he missed last week’s loss to the Rams.

It all seems a bit silly, but if you’re going to have an injury report it should probably include every injured player, especially if you’re going to bother with a probable designation. That leads to situations like the Patriots listing Tom Brady every week even though there’s no doubt about his status for Sunday’s game. If you didn’t know any better, you might even think some coaches list plenty of players with the express purpose of obscuring which injuries are really a concern during the week before the game.

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33 Responses to “Sean Payton cops to playing whistleblower”
  1. chrishousand says: Nov 4, 2011 7:12 PM

    waaa waaa waaaa. Does Seanie need his passie?

  2. earthtopft says: Nov 4, 2011 7:22 PM

    Give Payton a thumbs down. If it’s not in a splint.

  3. sbxxix says: Nov 4, 2011 7:24 PM

    I think he’s still sore from the beatdown he took last week from the booth.

  4. wfingers23 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:32 PM

    He wasn’t being malicious or whining. He was just having a little fun. I thought it was funny.

  5. cwmorga says: Nov 4, 2011 7:36 PM

    @chrishousand and earthropft

    Oh please. Like the other 31 head coaches in the league would put up with the opposing team playing peek-a-boo with the injury report. You guys whining about SP are really reaching.

  6. nunpuncher says: Nov 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    Hey Coach Payton there’s a bruise on Dree Brees’s face he may have a concussion. Oh wait… that’s a birth mark.

  7. cavredleg15 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    Is Freeman hurt or injured. Those are two words that are tossed around a lot. I see players that play hurt all the time. Playing injured less frequently.

    What is the purpose of the injury report? Keep track of practice time of players? To give everyone outside the locker room a vague idea about who will be available for gameday?

  8. tbf22 says: Nov 4, 2011 7:56 PM

    What a loser. Sean didn’t even follow the rules (not listing Strief) but wants to bust out the Bucs for not listing a player with a sore finger.

    Sounds like someone has a sandy vag.

  9. Gordon says: Nov 4, 2011 8:03 PM

    What a punk. Snitches get stitches!

  10. sixjak says: Nov 4, 2011 8:04 PM

    Nothing to see here….just move along.

  11. iced107 says: Nov 4, 2011 8:35 PM

    just embarassed from the beatdown the rams gave ‘em..

    thanks for the confidence booster payton…

  12. darealism says: Nov 4, 2011 8:42 PM

    Gordon, he’s already got stitches! (on his knee)

  13. espfdps says: Nov 4, 2011 8:50 PM

    Im starting to think this guy us a cry baby. Didnt he complain during PRESEASON about harbaugh or someone not calling him to exchange film…..cry me a river

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 4, 2011 8:51 PM

    Snitches get crutches ………..oh wait. Too late! !!!!

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:16 PM

    He should be on that show….the first 48 hours…with all the snitching he’s doing g

  16. steelerfan999 says: Nov 4, 2011 10:16 PM

    RAT

  17. kayotiicdat says: Nov 4, 2011 10:19 PM

    It seems people are mad that coaches like Sean payton actually follow the rules, however Raheem Morris CAN NOT follow rules. Talib shows up at the game when he was suspended, you’re not supposed to do that. He called players during the lockout, again you’re not supposed to do that and many other things I can;t think of at the moment. Cry me a river about you crying about Sean Payton crying, you’re all LOSERS with nothing better to do than diss a coach thats following the rules.

  18. tinopuno says: Nov 4, 2011 10:33 PM

    Sean Payton:
    – Good Coach
    – Slimy Human Being

  19. nfflsuckling says: Nov 4, 2011 10:54 PM

    What a frickin’ loser Payton…..worry about your own team.

  20. goawayeverybody says: Nov 4, 2011 10:57 PM

    I’m starting to think all of you are making too much of a big deal about this.

    And I sincerely hope the Saints break Josh’s throwing thumb on Sunday. Sincerely.

  21. grudenthediva says: Nov 4, 2011 11:08 PM

    I sincerely hope you get the sand out of your panties, otherwise the rest of your coworkers at Hardee’s are going to be cranky. Sincerely.

  22. dawkattack says: Nov 4, 2011 11:35 PM

    Snitche Get Stitches Or In Sean’s Case A Blown Out Knee

  23. fmwarner says: Nov 4, 2011 11:37 PM

    Rules are rules. People that call “snitch” need to grow up.

  24. j0esixpack says: Nov 5, 2011 12:03 AM

    Now I understand.

    When the Patriots do it, its cheating.

    When other teams do it, its gamesmanship.

  25. pudgalvin says: Nov 5, 2011 12:23 AM

    If a guy is absolutely certain to play, why does he need to be listed?

  26. zbigern says: Nov 5, 2011 1:26 AM

    Parcells 101. Do what I say, not what I do…sounds like lil Sean does need his nookers…If ya cant beat em, join em…soooo nice bein a Packer fan. Freeman hurt his wiw digit tryin to cram er up Raheems raheem while tryin to LaGarret his Blunt.

  27. david7590 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:16 AM

    @nfflsuckling:
    He is playing them, he is worrying about his team.

    and
    @j0esixpack:
    The Patriots do cheat, fairly regularly. Thats why no one outside of crappy Boston takes those Super Bowls seriously.

  28. axespray says: Nov 5, 2011 4:56 AM

    “You guys whining about SP are really reaching.”

    like stalking programs that the buc’s qb is on and going out of your way to call up the league office… reaching?

  29. tbtrojan says: Nov 5, 2011 5:11 AM

    kayotiicdat says: Nov 4, 2011 10:19 PM
    It seems people are mad that coaches like Sean payton actually follow the rules, however Raheem Morris CAN NOT follow rules.

    Try reading before commenting next time, you look less foolish then. If you had bothered to read it you would have seen the following quote which makes your post worthless…
    “As a result of all the activity, the Saints also had to add tackle Zach Strief to their injury report because he missed last week’s loss to the Rams.
    I guess coaches like Sean Payton DON’T actually follw the rules and it was just a case of him being a hypocritical, crying baby.

  30. jpb12 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:30 AM

    This only matters in Vegas

  31. sdjay76 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:14 AM

    fmwarner says: Nov 4, 2011 11:37 PM

    Rules are rules. People that call “snitch” need to grow up.

    ______________________________________

    not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign is a rule too. should he be monitoring that as well?

  32. tampafan24 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:07 AM

    Until there is a slot on the “injury report” for Definite then Rah and the Bucs did not break any rules. Freeman has a hurt thumb but the Bucs have said that there is no way he won’t be playing this week.
    Why don’t we just make everyone who puts a brace on something or has to ice down after a game on the injury report…oh wait…that would be pointless too!

  33. fmwarner says: Nov 5, 2011 4:18 PM

    sdjay76 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:14 AM

    fmwarner says: Nov 4, 2011 11:37 PM

    Rules are rules. People that call “snitch” need to grow up.

    ______________________________________

    not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign is a rule too. should he be monitoring that as well?
    ==================================

    This isn’t a proper analogy unless he’s playing football against that car this week.

    Bottom line, if you’re breaking a rule and get caught, it’s pretty silly to get mad at anyone but yourself. No one is trying to make the case that the Bucs didn’t do it, yet Payton is still taking all the heat. It’s schoolyard stuff. Most of us stopped thinking that it’s better to “be cool, bro” than to do the right thing a long time ago. Er, most of us should have.

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