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Rams rack up an injury-reporting fine, too


So far this year, four of the league’s 32 teams have been fined $20,000 for violating the injury-reporting rules.  That’s 12.5 percent of the entire NFL.

The number of violators is surely much higher.  With the size of the fine the equivalent of a parking ticket for a billion-dollar business and no media or fan stigma of cheating attached to it, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that every team is hiding at least one injury.

It was previously known that the Bills, Redskins, and Ravens had been fined for breaking the rules.  Now, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams were fined $20,000 for failing to disclose running back Steven Jackson’s groin injury during a Week Two loss to the Redskins.

During the game, the Rams said nothing, creating the impression he’d been benched.  After the game, coach Jeff Fisher said Jackson had been injured.

Until the NFL significantly increases the fine amounts or begins taking draft picks, the violations will continue.  And as long as teams like the Jets are looking for body parts to which “hot sauce” can be applied, it’s hard to blame them.

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22 Responses to “Rams rack up an injury-reporting fine, too”
  1. tedmurph says: Nov 2, 2012 11:47 PM

    C’mon, there’s gotta be a way to trace this back to the Patriots. Don’t make it so hard for the jealous haters to roll out the cheating comments.

  2. csilojohnson says: Nov 2, 2012 11:55 PM

    Its crazy that what would be 18 months of mortgage payments for myself is worth throwing away by some for very little, if any strategic advantage.

  3. lightcleric says: Nov 3, 2012 12:08 AM

    Wow, $20,000 for not reporting a groin injury? That’s NUTS!

  4. bigblueapple says: Nov 3, 2012 12:36 AM

    Are you kidding me? What is up with the dollar amount on these team fines? Players are getting fined more. Why even report injuries at all? Seems worth 20k per week to keep other teams in the dark about injury specifics.

  5. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 3, 2012 12:40 AM

    Pretty sure the rams won week two. If he meant redskins loss this was poorly proof read!

  6. cappa662 says: Nov 3, 2012 1:02 AM

    Wow, that’s really going to teach them. ***rolls eyes***

    So an illegal hit on the field of play gets 25K, but a team who purposely misleads on the injury report gets hit with 20K… how is that fair? Shouldn’t the fine be 250K?

  7. mazblast says: Nov 3, 2012 1:03 AM

    Will someone please tell me the usefulness of these injury reports for anyone other than gamblers and fantasy football owners?

  8. djaehne says: Nov 3, 2012 1:07 AM

    Its all about the money. Not even the NFL has as much as it wants.

  9. ndrick731 says: Nov 3, 2012 1:31 AM

    Who cares. The injury report is only for gamblers to hedge their bets. Again who cares

  10. walter0247 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:46 AM

    Everybody loves Goodell, Two and a half Goodells, The Fresh Goodell of BelAir, Darma and Goodell.

  11. andyvictory says: Nov 3, 2012 2:55 AM

    We, as football fans DO NOT want anatomy lessons. I like being entertained by THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL, not petty, adolescent tweener drama that media outlets universally glorify. This is not reality television, nor is it the WWE (yet). Let’s get back to “athletics at its finest” NFL media, IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!!! I’m an eagles fan, I’m beaten down right now yet I’m still happy football is here. I just wish I could find it in this current mess of referee soap operahs, (insert word)gates, and grown-man “diva-princess” coddling (athletes, coaches, and owners alike), let’s get back on track. Imediately, this is a joke.

  12. flash1283 says: Nov 3, 2012 5:28 AM


  13. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 3, 2012 5:58 AM

    Guess have to make up for the missed fines for teams on bye weeks.

  14. FinFan68 says: Nov 3, 2012 7:32 AM

    This one seems to be less of an impact. It was during the game and he didn’t play after he was hurt. No FF impact and the line was set so no “insider” info could have effected the Vegas gaming system. The opponent could see he was not on the field and adjust personnel groupings as the game went on.

  15. thesmartest1 says: Nov 3, 2012 8:06 AM

    Goodell is terrible.

  16. nesuperfan says: Nov 3, 2012 8:24 AM

    Since a memo was sent out, I am thinking that $500,000 fines and loss of draft picks is in order. Of course, then everyone will call your team a cheater for eternity too.

  17. cornersss says: Nov 3, 2012 9:50 AM

    4 of 32 is not 12.5%

    Was going to say good things your a reporter and not an accountant, but im not even sure of that now.

  18. girlsgotballs says: Nov 3, 2012 10:19 AM

    So players can get fined, coaches can get fined, and teams (owners) can get fined…so when will Goodell be able to get fined? *Starts petition now*

  19. flyeredup says: Nov 3, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Rams stink. They need to move to Los Angeles to become relevant again. St. Louis isn’t a football town.

  20. skinsfaninnebraska says: Nov 3, 2012 12:39 PM

    cornersss says: Nov 3, 2012 9:50 AM

    4 of 32 is not 12.5%

    Was going to say good things your a reporter and not an accountant, but im not even sure of that now.



    You’re not only not an accountant, you can’t do basic math.

  21. worldwidebleater says: Nov 3, 2012 12:43 PM

    John Mara then hissed to his faithful assistant, Waylon Smithers, “Find me another violator.”

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