Future Ravens injury reports could look like Russian novels.
On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the fine the team received from the league for failing to disclose safety Ed Reed’s shoulder injury on their injury report. The Ravens were fined $20,000 for not listing the injury, which came to light when Reed talked about having a torn labrum in his right shoulder in a radio interview. The Bills were previously fined for a similar violation and the league said this weekend that repeat violators could lose draft picks.
Harbaugh said he won’t put the team in that position because he’ll make sure every injury winds up on the list in the future. Harbaugh cited the league’s demand that teams list any “significant or noteworthy” injuries even if they aren’t expected to miss any time as rationale for compiling a long injury report.
“It’s pretty hard for us to determine who’s a significant player is and who’s not one,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know how to do that. It’s one of the ways they write it in there. They say, ‘a significant player who has not missed any time should be on there.’ Well, in my mind, all 53 players are significant. I think every single guy is significant, so I’m not about to start saying, ‘Well, one guy is more significant than the other.’”
The Ravens had nearly full participation at practice in their return from their bye Monday, including nose tackle Haloti Ngata. We’ll find out Wednesday how many of those players practiced through injuries.