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Report: Redskins face “hefty fine” for in-game report on Griffin injury

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The NFL’s injury-reporting rules apply not only before a given game but also during it.  If the Redskins didn’t know that, they soon will.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Redskins are facing a “hefty fine” for their failure to disclose that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during last Sunday’s loss to the Falcons.

The Redskins instead described Griffin as “shaken up” during the game, with no updates provided until after the game, when the team said Griffin has a “mild concussion” (i.e., a concussion suffered by anyone but you or your child).

If anyone knows the rules in this regard, it’s Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.   Nine years ago, Shanahan was fined for reporting during a game that Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had left with a concussion when, in reality, Plummer had a separated shoulder.  Shanahan said at the time that he lied in order to conceal the true nature of the injury from the Chargers, in the event the team’s other quarterback (Steve Beuerlein) had gotten injured, forcing Plummer back into the game.  (And, yes, in 2003 a guy could re-enter a game with a concussion.)

“To share with somebody that Jake has a separated shoulder and could not throw and our quarterback goes down, we have a good chance to lose the football game,” Shanahan said at the time.

The league’s strong emphasis on concussions makes the new violation even more problematic.  Though Shanahan may have wanted the Falcons to think there was a chance Griffin could return to the game, Glazer explains that the league wants to prevent any situation in which a guy who possibly has a concussion could be returned to a game.

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14 Responses to “Report: Redskins face “hefty fine” for in-game report on Griffin injury”
  1. bigjdve says: Oct 14, 2012 2:10 PM

    This should only be an issue if they put them back in the game.

    Who cares what he says.

  2. conormacleod says: Oct 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    I don’t think a team should have to disclose any injuries to the other team. I like the idea of keeping the other team guessing.

  3. geauxjay says: Oct 14, 2012 2:11 PM

    I thought Roger Goodell punished the Saints because he wanted to “send the message” and “change the culture.”

    It didn’t stick.

    Maybe he needs to suspend Sean Payton some more until the rest of the NFL gets the point.

  4. jaytea24 says: Oct 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    So other NFL teams get fined for not disclosing things correctly, but the Patriots can release no info at all and that’s cool.. Got ya…

  5. nagaswan says: Oct 14, 2012 2:15 PM

    Didn’t the Eagles report Mike Vick’s concussion as “dirt on the face?”

  6. rg3enoughsaid says: Oct 14, 2012 2:16 PM

    You mean, someone tried to bend the rules to gain a competitive advantage in a NFL football game? Well, ok…

  7. noturavragepunk says: Oct 14, 2012 2:17 PM

    I think this team likes doing stupid things. They do them on a normal basis.

  8. folkcrusader says: Oct 14, 2012 2:18 PM

    Belichick, as well as other coaches, flaunt the injury rule weekly. I agree all coaches should comply but once the NFL forces 100% participation for teams with no BS I’ll agree with a large fine.

  9. Steve B says: Oct 14, 2012 2:20 PM

    Child please! Didn’t the NFLPA just praise the ‘Skins for their handling of the situation? This feels like another ticky-tack penalty by the NFL on the ‘Skins.

  10. leafeaterx says: Oct 14, 2012 2:52 PM

    This has to do with gambling ultimately…

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 14, 2012 3:01 PM

    For a league that disavows any connection to the sports betting world, this is obviously all about the betting line, and it stinks for the Redskins. There’s simply no other reason anybody cares what they called the injury, if you saw it, it was obvious what happened….Is someone named Mara in charge of this s*** too, like the salary cap deal?

  12. timbuttrum says: Oct 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    NFL fines teams for saying the wrong things. Now they are threatening to fine the team for not saying the right things? Ridiculous. Goodell is terrible for the league.

  13. garryjercia says: Oct 14, 2012 3:34 PM

    Once again the league office wants to suckle at Danny’s teat

  14. blspears says: Oct 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    Roger Goodell can suck it.

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