League continues to investigate Romo injury reporting from Week 16


Last Monday, the league office told PFT that the NFL “will look into” whether the Cowboys failed to disclose a pre-existing back injury for quarterback Tony Romo.

As of this Monday, the investigation continues.

That’s possibly bad news for the Cowboys, given that these reviews often conclude quickly.  Romo, regardless of whether he had a back problem entering the game, played the entire game — even after what technically may have been an aggravation of the injury.

Still, the Cowboys flagged the issue when owner Jerry Jones and Romo acknowledged the existence of the injury before the season-ending tweaking against Washington.  Otherwise, no one would have known that there may have been some shenanigans.

Key questions will be whether Romo received treatment from the team for a back injury without a back injury being disclosed, and whether he reduced his practice time because of it.

If the league eventually determines that a violation occurred, the precedent set by the Brett Favre hidden biceps tendon injury back in 2008 suggests a parking-ticket fine of $75,000 for the Cowboys and perhaps $25,000 for owner/G.M. Jerry Jones and for coach Jason Garrett.

When it comes to the strategic advantage to be gained by concealing an injury to a franchise quarterback, it’s a small price to pay.  Which suggests that, when a team is caught red-handed for lying about injuries, the price should be steeper.

15 responses to “League continues to investigate Romo injury reporting from Week 16

  1. Glad to see the league has gotten safer over the years in cracking down on this stuff. Still, it reminds me of the days when Shanny was in Denver and breaking all sorts of modern rules. I.e. playing TD while he couldn’t see during SB XXXII and reporting in game that Jake Plummer had a concussion so he could keep playing while hiding his arm/shoulder injury. Times have changed.

  2. As with all things having to do with the NFL, I wouldn’t mind the penalties and fines, if they were consistent. Teams play games with the injury list all the time, with no league action (the Patriots were notorious ). Now, it’s a big deal. If you are going to enforce the rule, do it across the board.

  3. Fines mean nothing to these guys. Here’s my proposal…
    During the season, the head coach gets a 2 game suspension for the first infraction, 5 games for the 2nd, season-long for the 3rd.
    After your season is over(as it is now for Dallas, ohh that feels nice to say!) you lose a 4th round draft pick for the first infraction, 2nd round pick for the 2nd infraction, and a 1st round pick plus a 6 game suspension for your teams head coach the following season for the 3rd infraction.
    Obviously I think the post-season penalties are stiffer and there’s a good reason for that. Teams are more likely to play these shenanigans at the end of the season while fighting for playoff spots so the deterrent has to be higher that time of year. What are your thoughts guys and gals?

  4. Why detail a specific target area at all? Just list the player name and the category (probable, out, etc.) Let the media speculate on if it is a stubbed toe, flu, hammy, or concussion.

  5. strategery my eye. This has nothing to do with having a “strategic advantage”. There’s only one reason the league is so adamant about disclosing injuries. Las Vegas.

    Follow the money.

  6. I agree, it’s not about the teams but the gambling. Now you have teams like the Pats who just put everyone on the injury list, so you don’t really know who is truly injured. So it is not about transparency, team equality, or anything else.

  7. Stupid rule whose penalty won’t even make Emperor Jerry blink. He’s hosting the Cotton Bowl in his house Friday. Pure profit.

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