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Report: Sammie Coates didn’t have finger surgery

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Sammie Coates #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers waits to begin a play against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates discussed recent groin surgery on Twitter on Monday, which appeared to be the second time that he’d had an operation since the end of the regular season.

In a late January tweet, Coates wrote that he’d just gotten out of surgery and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported that the operation was done to repair “fractures and tendon damage” to fingers on his left hand. Coates’ injured fingers led to frequent appearances on the injury report and caused him trouble on the field, but Fowler now says that report was incorrect.

Per Fowler, Coates has only had the sports hernia surgery he was discussing on Monday. That injury was never noted on the league’s injury report, which was reportedly due to the team’s feeling that it wasn’t limiting him at practice at any point in the year.

It’s not the first injury that the Steelers failed to list on their injury report only to have it come to light after the end of the season. Running back Le’Veon Bell’s groin injury wasn’t listed leading into the AFC Championship Game, which led to a league investigation after he left that game and said the injury had been bothering him for some time.

No results of that investigation have been announced and it’s not clear if the inconsistency with Coates will also merit a look, although the league may choose to pass on any substantive punishment anyway.

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6 Responses to “Report: Sammie Coates didn’t have finger surgery”
  1. One For The D**k #Six says: Feb 14, 2017 2:41 PM

    Sounds like he had finger surgery, it is just the wrong finger that was identified

  2. connfyoozed says: Feb 14, 2017 2:42 PM

    “Being bothered by” an injury does not automatically mean that it should be listed on a team’s injury report. If every team listed every issue that a player was “being bothered by”, the injury list each week would be 10 pages long.

    I’m starting to think that the concerns about teams not reporting injuries might be due to the rules about what to list and how to list them aren’t clear or concrete enough.

  3. mrpkg says: Feb 14, 2017 2:49 PM

    Seahawks get a skate
    Steelers will lose draft pick
    Patriots would have to forfeit season

  4. inozwetrust says: Feb 14, 2017 4:01 PM

    This injury reporting stuff has more to do with gambling then keeping your opponent informed about the status of your players. Duh

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 14, 2017 4:54 PM

    ESPN is getting better at retracting false stories – this one only took two plus weeks to correct.

    Still waiting for the retraction that “10 of 12” footballs….

  6. eaglesphanblog says: Feb 17, 2017 12:10 AM

    This is crazy. Revis is known as a mild mannered person and never got in trouble .. and now out of nowhere goes bonkers and racks up 4 felonies…

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