The NFL has decided on fines for a pair of teams they believe violating the league’s procedures for reporting injury information.
Buffalo and Washington have each been fined $20,000 for their violations. The Bills were fined for not listing defensive end Mario Williams on the injury report after he commented publicly about the left wrist injury that he said had been bothering him on the field. Even though Williams practiced fully and played in games, the league says the Bills should have put him on the injury report. Williams has appeared on the injury report the last two weeks.
The Redskins are being fined for not properly updating the television network and news media about the condition of quarterback Robert Griffin III during the Week Five game against the Falcons. Griffin suffered a concussion on a hit by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, but the team announced that he was “shaken up” and that his return was questionable without updating it when they confirmed he had a concussion. The NFL’s release makes clear that there was not a question about the way Griffin was treated, but their procedures require “accurate and timely information” from the teams.
The NFL’s decision to levy these fines could set the stage for the Ravens to be hit with some next week for not listing safety Ed Reed on the injury report with the shoulder injury he said he’s suffering from this week. Reed also said that there are plenty of players dealing with injuries that aren’t on the injury report, but, as Williams’ case makes clear, it’s the ones that get disclosed anyway that come back to bite teams.