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.

33 responses to “Sean Payton cops to playing whistleblower

  1. @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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. @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.

  8. “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?

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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