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.