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League has no comment on Spikes, Talib allegations against Patriots

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Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes and cornerback Aqib Talib recently ensured they won’t be Patriots in the future, by publicly accusing the Patriots of lying about injuries.

Spikes said that he was placed on injured reserve at a time when he was healthy enough to play.  Talib said his 2013 injury, listed by the team as a hip problem, actually was a quad injury.

On the surface, that should be enough to get the NFL to at least explore the situation.  And while in multiple past occasions the league has acknowledged that it will be looking into potential injury-reporting violations (most recently, regarding the back injury suffered by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo), the league isn’t saying anything about this situation.

“We do not plan to comment on the claims,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT by email on Thursday morning.

Over the years, we’ve developed the distinct impression that the NFL prefers to avoid shining too bright of a light on the irregularities of the injury-reporting system.  The procedure is aimed at creating the impression that there’s no inside information to be obtained by gamblers.  Obsessing over the various violations of the letter and/or the spirit of the rules would serve only to highlight that, indeed, the truth doesn’t reside on a piece of paper filled out by the team — and that it can possibly be obtained by offering small, green, rectangular sheets of paper to persons who are in position to pass along accurate information about who’s really injured, and who really isn’t.

The involvement of the Patriots serves only to complicate matters for the league.  As legend has it, the Spygate-related information given to the NFL by the Patriots that was destroyed by the league office consisted of evidence of cheating not only by the Patriots but also by multiple other teams in multiple other ways.  As the folklore also goes, Patriots coach Bill Belichick vowed to go public with chapter-and-verse detail about cheating throughout the league if the league were to mess with the Patriots again.

To be clear, it’s not known that Belichick delivered to the league office proof of cheating by other teams, but that would help explain the league’s curious decision to quickly destroy the evidence.  It’s also not known that Belichick threatened/promised to blow the whistle on league-wide cheating issues, but it would make plenty of sense for any team disciplined for violating the injury-reporting rules to be strongly tempted to point out that other teams routinely do the same things, or worse.

So whether it’s because the NFL doesn’t want to concede that the injury reports are far from perfect or because the NFL doesn’t want to pick a fight with Belichick that the league ultimately could lose in other ways, look for nothing to publicly come of this one.

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43 Responses to “League has no comment on Spikes, Talib allegations against Patriots”
  1. joetoronto says: Mar 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    Surprise!

  2. piratefreedom says: Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    Belichick with a huge cache of blackmail evidence sounds like a classic conspiracy theory fantasy.

    If he had that why did he let the league take #1 pick from the Pats?

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    CHEATERS!!!!!!!

  4. irkjames says: Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    God forbid the NFL ever came down on their cash-cow organization.

    Filming other team’s practices. Throwing millions of dollars at habitual offenders. Lying on injury reports now?

    The Patriot Way.

  5. jimmyt says: Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    I do. They cheat.

  6. drsportsjock says: Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM

    Of course they dont! The Patriots will get nothing wore than a slap on the wrist!

  7. Shanahammer says: Mar 20, 2014 9:50 AM

    or or or maybe Spikes and Talib where lying? Since ya know they were free agents.

  8. reesesteel23 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:51 AM

    Ofcourse

    Why cant they just do S*** the right way?

  9. kneelbeforesod says: Mar 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    The league will speak when Kraft says it can.

  10. jetsarestacked says: Mar 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    mangini and jets got fined after favre made less damning comments about his bicep injury. drop the hammer roger!

  11. coonsqualler says: Mar 20, 2014 9:53 AM

    BELICHEET…….

  12. uglydingo says: Mar 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    Bill Belichick is probably loving this. Silence from the Commissioner is basically a green light for him to continue to make a mockery of releasing injury information.
    Silence…..

  13. babyphife says: Mar 20, 2014 9:54 AM

    i always had one questions for Patriots fans………”is your success due to Brady or Bellichek?”

  14. dietrich43 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:56 AM

    The League turning a blind eye to one of their favored franchises? Say it’s not so.

  15. slaugin says: Mar 20, 2014 10:16 AM

    They go hand in hand IMO. Brady makes Belichick better and vice versa

  16. nflsecurity862 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:17 AM

    Goodell is probably burning all the evidence himself.

  17. nolahxc says: Mar 20, 2014 10:21 AM

    Of course not. The Patriots don’t play in New Orleans.

  18. zombiepatriot says: Mar 20, 2014 10:23 AM

    Failing to see the issue here…

    With Spikes he had a severe enough knee issue he had to be helped from the field. They then put him on IR and I fail to see how that gives an advantage to the opposition beyond letting them know he definitely would be out for the game they were set to play.

    With Talib he was reported as injured, which he was. The injury reported was in the same relative area and his recent history is when needed the most he could be found on the bench clutching his hip or thigh.

    So, the only reason for this story to come to light is due to bitter feelings from Spikes an average player who is great against the run but unfortunately offences sometimes throw the ball where he can only be found a couple of steps behind the intended receiver.

    As to Talib all I have to say is man up and play a full season.

    Otherwise, clap-clap-clap for those who seem to live their life looking for further reason to complain about the Patriots. This should get you through the weekend if not the spring in your never ending quest to find reasons why your team has problems with consistently fielding a winning team.

    I’m just super happy with the team I support winning 75% of their games, let alone winning 3 Super Bowls after having to sit through a 1-15 season.

  19. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 20, 2014 10:30 AM

    Of course they don’t.

  20. ajgreenhof says: Mar 20, 2014 10:30 AM

    Patriot way.

  21. Bob says: Mar 20, 2014 11:39 AM

    Should anyone be surprised? Goodell is in Robert Kraft’s pocket.

  22. anonymous135 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:48 AM

    I thought they did this in the open?

  23. trollaikman8 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:27 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Billichick does it to tarnish a guy like Talib’s FA value, knowing that he’s going to hit the market. A team may be much more weary of a guy with a “history of hip problems” than a guy who had a simple quad strain.

  24. jchipwood says: Mar 20, 2014 12:28 PM

    Funny things always happen in New England.

  25. pourman says: Mar 20, 2014 12:37 PM

    Only Vegas gets accurate injury reports.

  26. thumper00 says: Mar 20, 2014 12:40 PM

    Sour grapes !! pissed the pats didn’t want them,

  27. uwsptke says: Mar 20, 2014 12:50 PM

    It’s not really a surprise. Another former player saw first hand that guys who were supposedly on season ending injured reserve were active practice participants.

  28. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 20, 2014 1:03 PM

    “The League” has been put on the Patriots injury report with hip issues.

  29. patriotfan1987 says: Mar 20, 2014 1:12 PM

    Both players were injured.

    Spikes had to be carried from the field and I’m sure there are a lot of instances where a player says he’s fine but team doctors and officials disagree. We are all familiar with the concussed player who says he’s fine.

    Talib’s injury was in the same vicinity as what was reported. So now we are splitting hairs.

    Non-Story.

  30. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 20, 2014 1:57 PM

    patriot haters have come to HATE LOL… hate on the 3 lombardi’s stay in NEW ENGLAND FOLKS….WHINE AND CRY ALL U WANT IT WON’T CHANGE ….HAHAHA….JEALOUS PUNKS..BOSTON IS THE BEST SPORTS TOWN

  31. tweenthenumbahs says: Mar 20, 2014 1:57 PM

    Spygate-related information given to the NFL by the Patriots that was destroyed by the league office consisted of EVIDENCE OF CHEATING not only by the Patriots but also BY MULTIPLE OTHER TEAMS in multiple other ways.

    Get off your high horses idiots…..

  32. slugbaitspace says: Mar 20, 2014 1:59 PM

    The league office didn’t destroy the Spygate evidence. It’s all packaged up in a small crate, sitting in a nondescript warehouse, two aisles down from the Ark of the Covenant.

  33. surfinbird1 says: Mar 20, 2014 2:04 PM

    You Patriot haters are really something special. Like sharks on a feeding frenzy. I wish they would release all the info they have on all teams and more coaches and management would speak out like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher did in support of the Patriots. If the Patriots are dirt bags then the rest of the league is right there with them. Period. I’ll bet if Belicheck were to spill the beans on everything there would be no more NFL and that’s the name of that tune.Whew I’m exhausted.

  34. electstat says: Mar 20, 2014 2:38 PM

    looks like a bunch of speculation and conspiracy theories based on the NFL simply stating that they weren’t commenting.

  35. marima07 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:03 PM

    Of course the league isn’t commenting. If anyone from the NFL investigated this sorry-ass, waste-of-time, non-story and questioned Brandon Spikes, he’d really know what it was like not to have a leg to stand on.

  36. pack93z says: Mar 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    Billy B not reporting the truth for a “tactical” advantage.. say it isn’t so. Phttt…

    Great coach.. track record on integrity… not spectacular.

  37. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    Kraft must be pimping his young floozy to Goodell.

    NE, ***

  38. axespray says: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Goodell in Princess Lia’s slave girl outfit while Robert Craft has him on a leash?

  39. dac458 says: Mar 20, 2014 5:31 PM

    Love it BB one step ahead again holding the league by their balls.

    We all know what they did was not illegal as it was a league wide practice and accepted at the time. Even more former coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher acknowledged this was going on for decades and was the most overblown story.

    Bill gave the info the league didn’t want calling out other teams doing the same and even more.

    So now we know that BB had a second camera taping the others team cheating practices. Looks like he out smarted the coaches and league once again.

    Love it BB….open Pandora’s box!

  40. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:58 PM

    BB has been around the league a helluva lot longer than most and he’s got a memory like an elephant. He can break down a play from 1979 like it happened yesterday…what the time on the clock was, the players involved, the formation, etc.

    He’s a lot more old school than most give him credit for and I think there was a can of worms that the NFL didn’t want to open for fear the the integrity of the entire league could have been at the least debated and at worst, compromised completely.

  41. buffalodiehard says: Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM

    Niet! Putin gave Kraft this idea.

    In Russia, injury chooses you!

  42. dem5957 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:22 AM

    There are a few teams in the NFL that pull shennaigans wuth the injury list, Patriots & Bengals being the 2 worst…

  43. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 21, 2014 5:23 PM

    Of course the tapes contained footage of other teams cheating. Does anybody seriously think Belichick would not cover himself by documenting others doing things?

    The problem is that once Goodell foolishly boasted about how tough he would be before he actually saw the tapes, he had to do something significant in the way of punishment since he already opened his dumb yap.

    But once that was done he stonewalled the whole thing completely.

    Belichick and Kraft took one for the league, lest the brand be damaged and everybody lose $$$$. It’s obvious, you know, unless you’re an idiot.

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