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Ravens fined $20,000 for not reporting Ed Reed injury


The Ravens failed to disclose an injury to safety Ed Reed, and now they’re paying for it.

The NFL confirmed today that it has fined the Ravens $20,000 for not listing Reed’s shoulder injury on their injury reports. When Reed revealed publicly that he had a shoulder injury, it was the first anyone knew about it, and although Ravens coach John Harbaugh said plenty of guys have injuries like Reed’s and they’re just the nature of the NFL, the rule in the NFL is that every injury has to be disclosed.

“The Ravens failed to list safety Ed Reed on the injury report for a labrum tear in his shoulder,” the league said in a statement. “Reed publicly acknowledged the injury on October 17 prior to Week 7 games and said it could be affecting his play. Although Reed fully participated in practices and games after sustaining the injury, he should have been listed on the report with a shoulder injury and fully participating in practice.

“The Injury Report Policy states that, ‘All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media.'”

But while the Ravens have been busted by the league, a $20,000 fine is not much of a deterrent to an NFL team. This fine is the going rate for these violations — it’s the same fine the Redskins got for not immediately disclosing that Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion, and the same fine the Bills got for not disclosing Mario Williams‘ wrist injury — but for a billion-dollar business it’s basically a slap on the wrist.

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28 Responses to “Ravens fined $20,000 for not reporting Ed Reed injury”
  1. greysolon says: Oct 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    I’m glad The League is clamping down on this abuse of the system. It’s just not right that these teams bend the rules in order to get an edge on gameday.

    Boston MA

  2. ravensallday2012 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:03 PM

    20 k who cares

  3. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 26, 2012 4:05 PM

    Lewis and Webb out, the Ravens are even more desparate with this kind of behavior. And Houston still blew their doors off !!!

  4. mrpkg says: Oct 26, 2012 4:05 PM

    Cheaters never win

  5. savocabol1 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:08 PM

    Get rid of the injury report all together. A team should only have to disclose who is active and inactive.

  6. FinFan68 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:09 PM

    Why bother at all? Teams do not game plan based on the vague references in the injury report. The only people that benefit from the data have nothing to do with the game itself…Vegas odds-makers and fantasy football players. (Vegas benefits because nobody with “insider info” can take advantage of point spreads) The only reports that matter are active vs. inactive. The rest is too vague to be useful.

  7. nyjets1017 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:10 PM

    I still don’t know what the big deal about it is.

  8. piscataquis007 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    “We have probably 25 of 30 guys that have things like that, things that they can play through that don’t cost them any time, practice-wise or game-wise,” Harbaugh said.
    Doesn’t matter Johnny, you don’t make the rules. So man up for once and admit you blew it. Nothing cries like a Harbaugh.

  9. rocketcrab says: Oct 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    When this first came up, I figured it was just Ed being Ed. After all, he is….well……..Ed. Great player but an odd duck.

  10. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    Dirty Ravens!

  11. flash1283 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:22 PM


  12. steelersownyou says: Oct 26, 2012 4:22 PM

    Wasn’t reported but in addition to the 20 grand they should also have an additional penalty and have to sign flacco to a long term deal…steeler nation is hoping!!!

  13. ravensallday2012 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    Didn’t he beat u guys twice last hear and if u didn’t remember that was his with 2 minutes and 92 yards to go agains that so called great def in Heinz field

  14. ravenator says: Oct 26, 2012 4:34 PM

    Steeler fans are still talking? Someone remind them the ravens are atop the AFCN and Pittsburgh is a. 500 team. Pathetic

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 26, 2012 4:38 PM

    mrpkg says:
    Oct 26, 2012 4:05 PM
    Cheaters never win


    Bill Belichek has 3 SB rings that say otherwise.

  16. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 26, 2012 4:39 PM

    I hope the Ravens start reporting everything from hang nails to hemorrhoids. Ridiculous that a player can take all the reps and play in the game, but needs to be listed. I usually am on the league’s side of things, but this one is puzzling.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 26, 2012 4:40 PM

    If you start taking draft picks for these types of violations, you’ll probably see 100 new names on the injury report tomorrow.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 26, 2012 4:42 PM

    Ray Lewis has called a press conference to complain about this.

  19. mazblast says: Oct 26, 2012 4:44 PM

    A player in collusion with gamblers is banned. A league in collusion with gamblers via these mandatory injury reports is…”protecting the shield”?

    I’ve never heard a valid reason for these reports and probably never will.

  20. wtfchiefs says: Oct 26, 2012 4:45 PM

    I’m sure that fine really devastates the Ravens’ bottom line

  21. patswinagain says: Oct 26, 2012 4:55 PM

    This can’t be the case. We all know, only the patriots cheat. I’ll wait for the reprint.

  22. pens5829 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:56 PM

    Drama Queen

  23. bigwinintx says: Oct 26, 2012 7:37 PM

    20 g’s to a franchise is like the rest of us throwing away a stale potato chip.
    Not a ‘bag’, just one lone chip!

  24. profootballwalk says: Oct 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    The Ravens’ owner will just lay off a secretary to cover the fine.

  25. borisbulldog says: Oct 26, 2012 8:00 PM

    Any bad news involving the Harbaugh’s is good news!

  26. CKL says: Oct 27, 2012 6:30 AM

    Reed is weirdly following a Favrelike path. First he starts being waffly about whether he’ll come back or not the past few years. Now he discloses an injury and gets his franchise fined. He will probably end his career wearing purple. What’s next?? Someone take away his cellphone!

  27. captainbedsheet says: Oct 27, 2012 10:34 AM

    The rule says all significant injuries must be listed, even if the player misses no reps or game time. How is an injury significant if you miss no reps or game time…

  28. dontstabmeray says: Oct 28, 2012 1:35 AM

    Ravens should be fined for putting that pathetic defense on the field each week.

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