Pats list 20 players as injured, limited

AP

If the Patriots are hiding injuries, they’re probably not doing it by concealing injured players from the official report.  Instead, if they’re hiding injuries, they are routinely listing so many injured players that it becomes virtually impossible to know which players are actually injured and which ones actually aren’t.

Or maybe they just have a lot of actually injured players, as they prepare to face the Texans.

On the team’s first postseason injury report, issued 10 days after their most recent game, the Pats have identified 20 players as participating in practice on a limited basis:  safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), guard Dan Connolly (back), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring, knee), safety Nate Ebner (hamstring), tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm, hip), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring), defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle), receiver Brandon Lloyd (knee), guard Logan Mankins (ankle, calf), linebacker Jerod Mayo (elbow), center Nick McDonald (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (hip), linebacker Mike Rivera (ankle), defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee, ankle), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), receiver Wes Welker (ankle), and linebacker Tracy White (elbow).

So maybe they’re all injured.  Or maybe only some of them are.  Either way, nearly half the roster appears on the report.

We’d hate to see how many would have shown up on it if the Pats hadn’t secured a bye.

41 responses to “Pats list 20 players as injured, limited

  1. The NFL needs to take over this aspect from the teams. NFL Doctors making the reports with the NFL paying them and them reporting directly to the NFL.

    That way shady coaches can’t play with the system.

  2. The Master is casting his spell.

    Of course unlike other teams, you don’t read about Patriot’s players claiming they’ve been injured all year, in spite of the fact that they never showed up on the injured list.

  3. Why should any coach show any respect to an injury reporting system that puts gambling interests ahead of player safety?

    Besides the good fellas involved in gambling, the only other entity injury reporting benefits would be those players who want to know how best to target their Bounty programs.

    Without Goodell’s own strictly enforced injury reporting policy, Bountygate could never have happened

    I respect Belichick’s disrespect for Goodell’s inane policy.

  4. vbe2 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:46 PM

    The NFL needs to take over this aspect from the teams. NFL Doctors making the reports with the NFL paying them and them reporting directly to the NFL.

    That way shady coaches can’t play with the system.
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    And what is BB doing that is shady? Players tell the media that “everyone is nicked up this time of year”. Bill is just following NFL protocol here. Non-Issue.

  5. I’ll preface my comments by saying I don’t have a dog in the fight. Personally I don’t think any team should have to list injuries. Watch film, prepare for the upcoming match-ups and play ball. If not for Fantasy Football, and much more importantly (as far as the NFL is considered) Las Vegas, injury reports would not exist. That would be a much easier way to maintain a level playing field.

  6. I’m not even a Pats fan, but I love seeing all the jealous haters on every post about them. It’s the same on the GB, PIT, and Giants stories. People always try and come up with excuses why the elite franchises aren’t better than their own team, even though they are. I’m hoping for a GB vs. NE SB, the comments from the loser franchises would be priceless.

  7. Belichick lists players that are limited in practice, just as the rules say he should. Imagine what the haters would say if he handled it the same way the Vikes handled Ponder. Then again, there’s no reason to hate the Vikes. They don’t win as much.

  8. Maybe it’s just my odd sense of humor, but the guy (BB), always manages to make me smile. Love him or hate him, nobody does it better.

  9. Tom Brady is questionable with shivers from the cold.

    Aaron Hernandez is questionable with a nagging cough

    Vince Wilfork is questionable with a urge to eat all day.

    Repeat this 100x a season.

  10. I’m not really sure what the big deal is. The Pats are a little banged up. I don’t know about some of the special teamers like Ebner and Cole but all of the starters aches and pains have been public knowledge for a while now. Where’s the manipulation?

    Does anyone watch the games? If so, you’d have seen most of these – and seen the Pats shake them off the best they can and keep playing… Not sure what the slight of hand is here…

  11. darkneptune73 says:Jan 9, 2013 8:49 PM

    Tom Brady is questionable with shivers from the cold.

    Aaron Hernandez is questionable with a nagging cough

    Vince Wilfork is questionable with a urge to eat all day.

    Repeat this 100x a season.

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    darkneptune73 is desperate to find a legitimate reason to hate the Pats. Recovery: questionable, but only if they lose. That will make his miserable day.

  12. Think Texas has seen those new “hidden cameras” at their practice facility yet? How about that peep hole in their locker room?

  13. BB only does this as a toddlers response for getting fined once for not listing a injured player. I respect his coaching but this is just childish.

  14. @jimbolaya
    purpose of the injury report is to reduce/eliminate “secret” information that a knowlegeable few could exploit in gambling. The theory is that if everyone knows injury info then there is less scandle (members of team/staff selling the info or inside gambling) and less conspiracy. Don’t know how effective it is but that’s tge theory.

  15. The injury report is for gambling purposes only. However, William can do whatever he wants- Kraft and his buddies Mara and Rooney run this league, not the commish.
    Plus after the “tuck rule” and “spygate it’s clear the chowds can do whatever they want.

  16. Teams get in trouble if they don’t identify injuries. It’s half dry humor, half F-U to the NFL (aka the man). I find it hard to understand why some people hate Belichick so much, the guy is awesome.

  17. Who’s to say it’s Belichick actually responsible for the injury report, could be like the college coach who lets his kid, dog, dartboard etc fill out his weekly poll vote. I applaud the Patriots organization giving the bird to the NFL in this situation…the league fusses over the injury report while the condition of the field for a playoff game is unimportant!

  18. tedmurph, I’m not hating on them. I’m making fun of the fact they literally have atleast 20 players on the injury report almost every week. Have a sense of humor.

  19. tedmurph, I’m not hating on them. I’m making fun of the fact they literally have atleast 20 players on the injury report almost every week. Have a sense of humor. Same goes to the 26+ thumbs-downers.

  20. And yet if there was a player who was limited in practice and the patriots didn’t list him on the report this site would be tripping over itself to report the violation.

    The pats are doing things very literally by the book and there’s nothing wrong with that at all especially in this league under this ruler.

  21. The NFL comes down on teams who try to hide injuries, and the fans come down on teams who report them. There is no happy medium. Maybe the rules should be changed to report only the team members who are out for the game, and that’s all.

  22. “what have the Patriots won since being caught cheating????????”

    What have the Raiders won since getting their faces caved in by their ex coach and the Bucs in the Super Bowl???????

  23. Um, most of these guys are legitimately banged up. Spikes, Jones, Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Dennard, Mankins and Talib are all key starters who have either missed time or been playing through noticeable pain.

    Pats getting the bye week was huge for this reason.

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