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League doesn’t rule out taking draft picks from repeat injury report offenders

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With thee teams being fined $20,000 each in recent weeks for failing to disclose injuries in compliance with league rules, the penalty for the first offense isn’t much more than, given the value of NFL franchises, a parking ticket.

If teams become repeat offenders, however, the price will go up.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that, if the Bills (as to defensive end Mario Williams), Redskins (as to quarterback Robert Griffin III), or Ravens (as to safety Ed Reed) commit further violations, the fines will increase.  Aiello also didn’t rule out the possibility of draft picks being stripped.

Aiello called it “unlikely,” but “multiple offenses of a very serious nature” could result in a team losing draft picks.

In the end, only the threat of lost draft picks will prompt teams to completely comply with the rules.  Fines will be viewed simply as a cost of doing business the way the teams want to do business — especially when the January 2012 comments from former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams make clear the fact that teams will target injured players for further injury.

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13 Responses to “League doesn’t rule out taking draft picks from repeat injury report offenders”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 28, 2012 7:07 PM

    Fines DON’T work. For players, make them miss games, for teams take away draft picks or move them to bottom or a certain round regardless of record. Most people will pay for an advantage which is essentially what a fine is. BUT take away what’s really important (playing time or draft order) and you will certainly get their attention.

  2. Steve B says: Oct 28, 2012 7:08 PM

    Is this just a front for Mara to bring further penalties to Washington and Dallas?

  3. skoobyfl says: Oct 28, 2012 7:09 PM

    The Bills can’t draft worth a squat so this wouldn’t mean much to them.

  4. steelersownyou says: Oct 28, 2012 7:11 PM

    Doesn’t matter for the ravens. The way ozzie newsome is drafting it’s like being penalized. He is terrible…

  5. S.Nevada says: Oct 28, 2012 7:13 PM

    Mara’s idea?

  6. johnnycash19 says: Oct 28, 2012 7:13 PM

    Isn’t the only reason for the injury report is for Vegas? Injury report is stupid anyway.

  7. mz1394 says: Oct 28, 2012 7:33 PM

    injury reports should be between the league and that team only . With the nfl doing more to protect players it would make more sense to keep reports private to make it harder for opposing teams to target an injury

  8. marcinhouston says: Oct 28, 2012 8:02 PM

    However, they have ruled out holding the Jets accountable for declaring intent to target opponents for injury. Roger <3's NYC!

  9. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    So – will the Patriots retroactively lose hundreds of draft picks for lying on every single injury report since BB came to town?

  10. rickc402 says: Oct 28, 2012 8:35 PM

    I’d report every single little thing wrong with the entire roster every single week regardless if it was medical, psychological, new age, rough nights sleep, bad haircut ect. Then the league could determine what that want to publish.

  11. nivekred says: Oct 28, 2012 9:59 PM

    I say fine them more and reduce their next years salary cap by the amount of the fine. They will take notice!

  12. superputman says: Oct 28, 2012 11:42 PM

    It should work the other way too.

    For example: The Patriots listed Tom Brady as ‘Probable’ or ‘Questionable’ every week from 2005-2007 (at least that long, one source says ‘every game for four seasons’) with a sore shoulder.

    By doing this a team would never know of a real injury and a real weakness. It seems just as unfair.

  13. jwreck says: Oct 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    John Mara went on to say that in some cases, decided by a “secret committee” to be extreme, the league wouldn’t rule out taking current players, especially young dual-threat quarterbacks, away from offending teams and redistributing them to division rivals, to “increase competition and fair play within the league”.

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