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Seahawks, Jets injury-reporting outcome can’t be reconciled

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At a time when the Seahawks reportedly faced the loss of a second-round draft pick for hiding cornerback Richard Sherman’s knee injury, the NFL shocked everyone by imposing a punishment of nothing.

Well, not completely nothing. They got off with a warning. A wagging finger and a “don’t do that again” but as a practical matter a full and complete pass for a blatant violation of both the letter and spirit of the rules aimed at providing equal access to injury information.

As explained by the NFL employee who wrote up the story based on the report from an NFL employee who presumably got the scoop directly from the NFL, the NFL has opted to issue only a warning to the Seahawks for not disclosing Sherman’s knee injury. Given the plain language of the policy, which requires all “significant or noteworthy” injuries to be disclosed “even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game,” Sherman’s injury should have been disclosed, even if he fully participated in each and every practice.

Of course, to make that shoe fit Sherman and the Seahawks, the NFL had to assume that Sherman’s multiple “general rest days,” when he practiced at least three times after mid-December with the “not injury related” designation, had nothing to do with resting or recovering from his undisclosed injury. It’s illogical, it’s inconsistent with the rule, and it meshes with the perception (as Drew Brees aptly pointed out two weeks ago on PFT Live) that the league picks a preferred result and works backward to justify it.

Indeed, the same reasoning that applied to the Seahawks and Sherman would have applied to the Jets and quarterback Brett Favre. In 2008, Favre finished the year with an undisclosed arm injury (a partially torn biceps tendon). Favre fully participated in every practice (without any Sherman-style “general rest days”), Favre played in every game, and no one would have known anything about it unless and until Favre decided as part of his arrival in Minnesota to explain his sputtering performances down the stretch in 2008 by talking repeatedly about an arm injury that hadn’t been disclosed.

Did the Jets get a warning? Nope. The NFL fined the team $75,000, it separately fined then-G.M. Mike Tannenbaum $25,000, and it also fined former coach Eric Mangini $25,000.

So how can Sherman’s case be distinguished from Favre’s? It can’t be. In both cases, the player’s injury was concealed. In both cases, the player fully participated in every practice. In both cases, the player played in every game.

The only difference is that Sherman had multiple “general rest days,” which if anything makes Sherman’s situation worse that Favre’s. Still, the Jets were whacked, and the Seahawks were only warned.

It’s possible that the league opted to fashion an inconsistent outcome because the Seahawks, given three separate violations of the offseason workout policies, would have been in line for something far more serious than a $125,000 fine, if the NFL had opted to issue any punishment at all. It’s also possible that the league plans to issue a warning to the Steelers for failing to disclose running back Le’Veon Bell’s injury, requiring them as a practical to do the same for the Seahawks.

Regardless, what would the outcome have been if the Patriots had hidden an injury to Tom Brady and, in his final press conference of the year, coach Bill Belichick had blurted out that Brady had an injury that previously hadn’t been disclosed? We’ll let the Patriots fans in the crowd answer that one in the comments.

As if anyone needs to have it spelled out.

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92 Responses to “Seahawks, Jets injury-reporting outcome can’t be reconciled”
  1. cobrala2 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:44 AM

    FIRE GOODELL!

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Feb 15, 2017 10:44 AM

    Time to take away #1 draft picks, its ok to punish other teams outside New England, really Roger it is!

  3. davexucc says: Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    It has been like this for years. Some teams get hammered hard, others get a free pass.

    No doubt if Ezekiel Elliot was playing somewhere other than Dallas, he would have be suspended this year.

    Goodell needs to be gone.

  4. heisthejuan says: Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    Once the Steelers name got mentioned, nothing was going to happen. The Rooneys and Maras run the NFL.

  5. letsthinkthroughthistogether says: Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM

    FIRE GOODELL.

  6. maust1013 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:47 AM

    “It’s also possible that the league plans to issue a warning to the Steelers for failing to disclose running back Le’Veon Bell’s injury, requiring them as a practical to do the same for the Seahawks.”

    Ding, ding, ding and there you have it. Hit the nail on the head. This on the other hand is pure fantasy:

    “Regardless, what would the outcome have been if the Patriots had hidden an injury to Tom Brady and, in his final press conference of the year, coach Bill Belichick had blurted out…”

    Not even the most blatant Pats troll could ever imaging Belichick ‘blurting out’ anything, lmao

  7. seriously423 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:50 AM

    take route 1 North to get to the 2017 opener Roger…

    I’m buying

  8. pastabelly says: Feb 15, 2017 10:52 AM

    Here’s a concept for Roger That.

    When you write new rules, write what punishments there are when there are rules infractions.

  9. lunchbox253 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:52 AM

    The Jets were found guilty of tampering with Revis last off season and were not docked a draft pick. The first time a team has been guilty of tampering under Goodell and were not docked a pick , I believe. The only thing consistent with Goodell’s discipline is the inconsistency.

    It’s clear Goodell is using discipline to play league politics.

  10. steverolley says: Feb 15, 2017 10:53 AM

    Who cares? Everyday I come to this site and everyday there’s a new drama about basically nothing.

    The NFL is a business and does what it wants. It’s “rules” are an arbitrary set of guidelines. They are under no legal obligation as the whole NFL front office is basically a committee to handle day to day workings of the league.

    If you don’t like this, stop watching. Or create a blog that cries every day about how billionaires don’t follow their own made up rules… Like little Mikey

  11. patriots123456 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:54 AM

    345 Park Ave. the world’s intellectual hub of fair play. NOT

    Clown headquarters. YES

  12. jbraider says: Feb 15, 2017 10:54 AM

    Maybe this is the NFL’s way of making up to the Seahawks for screwing them in Superbowl XL

  13. Vern says: Feb 15, 2017 10:56 AM

    NFL policy is based on PR, on placating the angry mob of commentators. If you’re good with that crowd and convince them you’re a “good guy” that it was an “honest mistake” like Pete Carroll did, then nothing happens. If you’re not so well liked or a PR darling, like Belichick, TO, and many others, you get whacked, voted down etc.

  14. abqhawk says: Feb 15, 2017 10:58 AM

    The important phrase here is …all “significant or noteworthy” injuries to be disclosed “, a threshold which obviously was not met!

  15. ikeclanton says: Feb 15, 2017 10:58 AM

    I’m just sitting here amazed that the Jets ever get fined for anything.

    I wonder if it would be different if they were the best team in the league for 20 years and then certain, powerful owners then colluded in an attempt to crush them?

    I don’t know…

  16. ly008 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:58 AM

    What a clown show!!!

  17. picksix401 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:59 AM

    Sherman’s gone to the media and ripped Goodell a new one SO MANY TIMES over the years that it’s not surprising Goodell’s afraid to touch the burner on the Seahawks’ stove

  18. wib22 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:59 AM

    Release the PSI info you clown.

  19. redclaw1314 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:01 AM

    if its the Patriots= death sentence

  20. weepingjebus says: Feb 15, 2017 11:04 AM

    “Ratings are only down because so many people watch on their tablets now.” — NFL

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:05 AM

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League.

    Endless lies, double standards, concealing domestic violence and protecting the abusers, Goodell and his cronies are one vile collection.

    You also might have noted that the reason the Pats always put so many people on the injury report is Belichick and the Pats were each fined either 25k or 50k each, can’t remember the exact amount, for not putting a receiver on the report in 2002 that has a tiny cut on his hand that could in no way have prevented him playing or impacted his level of play.

    This free pass for both the Seahawks and Steelers doesn’t reconcile with that either.

  22. thetooloftools says: Feb 15, 2017 11:05 AM

    Don’t people have to care for it to be fake news?

  23. justchuckn says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    New report shows the NFL has banned Sherman from playing his Xbox for 1 week, Sherman plans to appeal.

  24. grogansheroes says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    I think it’s funny how the Rooneys and Maras never get punished. Their fathers had serious ties to organized crime. It’s how they made their money, and were able to buy NFL teams.
    And now the Rooneys and Maras can’t get punished by the NFL, but determine who gets punished by the NFL.

  25. justchuckn says: Feb 15, 2017 11:08 AM

    As a patriots Fan I feel truly triggered

  26. rolf1015 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:10 AM

    Goodell likes to use the words “Integrity” and “Transparency” but time and time again, he shows neither. Goodell’s actions (or lack thereof) always speak louder than his shallow words.

  27. beerbaron says: Feb 15, 2017 11:10 AM

    I’m not even mad anymore about the double standard the NFL has for the Patriots. The thing is it never came from Goodell, it came from his bosses: The 31 other owners who have to explain to their fan bases why the Patriots have won five of the past 15 Super Bowls when most of their pathetic franchises haven’t won any.

    We got fans dying every day who have never seen their team win a championship, meanwhile I’ve been to five parades and every one is sweeter than the last. I love it.

  28. uncletuna says: Feb 15, 2017 11:11 AM

    If it had been the Saints, Pats you can bet the hammer would’ve come down…

    This uneven application of authority is a fraud on NFL fans, consumers…

  29. docsmith54 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:16 AM

    Miami at NYJ and Favre, last regular season game of 2008, and Jets know they cannot make playoffs. Favre wasn’t officially known to be injured. But he also said in huddle on first offensive play, ‘..whatever happens, happens.’ I thought he/Jets/Mangini threw the game a bit, but maybe he was injured after all.

    Miami goes on to win this late-start game after NE had already posted win and 11-5 season. Miami, also at 11-5, wins tie-breaker and AFC east. NE (that nobody wanted to play, with Cassel) is out of the playoffs. Miami gets smoked at home playoff game versus Ravens.

    Now, Mr. Goodell, tell us again the reason for compliant injury reporting?

  30. brwmstr says: Feb 15, 2017 11:16 AM

    Just more proof that the NFL League offices are corrupt and make arbitrary decisions based on public opinion and willy nilly personal vendettas rather than consistent application of the rule book. FIRE GOODELL is an appropriate response to such acts to reinstall the public’s faith in the organization.

  31. free2speakoften says: Feb 15, 2017 11:18 AM

    I don’t care if the Seahawks get penalized, or Steelers, or any other team breaking the rules. I just want the NFL owners to realize, the NFL offices has no integrity and have ruined the NFL’s credibility and get rid of Goodell and all his minions that have played the bumbling idiot card too many times it is too obvious the bumbling was on purpose.

  32. granadafan says: Feb 15, 2017 11:24 AM

    Pete Carroll tried to cover the fact that the gigantic diva Dick Sherman simply is awful by lying about his “injuries”. Now that this lie blew up in his face with more severe consequences than a butt hurt diva, Carroll had to backtrack. He had to admit to the NFL that since Sherman can’t take Adderall anymore, he simply isn’t the player he was pre getting caught. There were no injuries, at least not physically.

  33. seatownballers says: Feb 15, 2017 11:24 AM

    Thanks Rog

  34. tigerlilac says: Feb 15, 2017 11:24 AM

    “Drew Brees aptly pointed out two weeks ago on PFT Live) that the league picks a preferred result and works backward to justify it.”

    That’s the NFL office in New York on a thumbnail. Facts don’t matter.

  35. fireroger says: Feb 15, 2017 11:26 AM

    steverolley says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:53 AM
    Who cares? Everyday I come to this site and everyday there’s a new drama about basically nothing.

    The NFL is a business and does what it wants. It’s “rules” are an arbitrary set of guidelines. They are under no legal obligation as the whole NFL front office is basically a committee to handle day to day workings of the league.

    If you don’t like this, stop watching. Or create a blog that cries every day about how billionaires don’t follow their own made up rules… Like little Mikey
    ==================
    If you don’t care why do you continue to come back to this site? Maybe follow your own advice … if you don’t like it stop reading it.

    Funny how similar it works.

  36. simplegodfather says: Feb 15, 2017 11:28 AM

    lunchbox253 says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:52 AM
    The Jets were found guilty of tampering with Revis last off season and were not docked a draft pick. The first time a team has been guilty of tampering under Goodell and were not docked a pick , I believe. The only thing consistent with Goodell’s discipline is the inconsistency.
    _________________
    dude, dude, you need to let this go, Revis was always a Jets no matter how you wanna spin it; Pats wasn’t going to pick up 2nd year on his contract about 20 mil a year?

    Pointless to debate it.

  37. imodan says: Feb 15, 2017 11:28 AM

    “doot-doot-doodle-oodle oot doot do do”.

  38. jm91rs says: Feb 15, 2017 11:30 AM

    This is pretty simple. If they punish the Seahawks they HAVE to punish the Steelers. And they won’t do that.

  39. salmen76 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:30 AM

    Goodell is the worst commissioner in NFL history. Why the 32 owners continue to employ him is beyond me. He screws up everything he touches. Pete Carol was a cheater at USC and he brought his cheating ways to the NFL. Shame on Goodell for letting Seattle off the hook. Saints ROCK!

  40. ibillwt says: Feb 15, 2017 11:31 AM

    Don’t let up Florio. We want Goodell and his minions exposed and held accountable.

    Even the fines paid by the Jest were token amounts relative to repeated attempts to entrap, frame, libel, fine, competitively disadvantage, and commit character assassination against the Patriots.

    It will never be over until we have Goodell’s apology AND resignation.

  41. fireroger says: Feb 15, 2017 11:31 AM

    The Pats haters will continue to consume the lies. And it’s not because they don’t know they aren’t lies.

  42. blaqghost says: Feb 15, 2017 11:33 AM

    What you guys fail to realize is that there isn’t only one NFL rulebook there are two. There’s the one that applies to the Patriots and the other one that applies to everyone else. It’s really quite simple.

    #TheyHateUsCuzTheyAintUs

  43. wib22 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:35 AM

    Where’s kensil to talk about this?

  44. mogogo1 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:36 AM

    It will take YEARS for the next commissioner to right the ship after Goodell is finally gone. When is incompetence not the worst perception? When that is replaced by a general feeling the system is rigged. At this point would anybody be truly surprised if some evidence was found that Goodell was getting side payments from some teams?

  45. theandy59 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:38 AM

    I have long assumed that the penalties imposed on New England for allegedly tampering with footballs was an effort to appease the other 31 owners, who have grown sick and tired of the Patriots dynasty, and the arrogance that comes with it. The decision to go light on the Seahawks and Steelers for their injury report violations, and for the Steelers for their deflated footballs just further cement my opinion. Goodell is nothing more than the fall guy for the owners, he carries out their wishes; it explains how he can stand there in a press conference and say things that are demonstrably false (sometimes contradicting his own statements on evidence) without even the slight sense of embarrassment. This is what $44 million per year buys you, folks. It seems the league (and the POTUS) have discovered that people will believe anything you tell them, regardless of evidence or the lack thereof, as long as it jives with what they WANT to believe.

  46. mysportsrumors says: Feb 15, 2017 11:38 AM

    heisthejuan says:
    Feb 15, 2017 10:45 AM
    Once the Steelers name got mentioned, nothing was going to happen. The Rooneys and Maras run the NFL.

    —-

    but yet the Giants had one of their draft picks drop about 20 spots as a punishment… if the Maras ran it it would have been the same warning

  47. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 15, 2017 11:40 AM

    the Steelers will probably get an extra draft pick as their punishment

  48. joetoronto says: Feb 15, 2017 11:42 AM

    The fact that almost ALL NFL fans want Goodell fired and they choose to keep him, says clearly what they think of the fans.

  49. ncheelsboysfan says: Feb 15, 2017 11:50 AM

    Are you saying the NFL and Goodell are SUBJECTIVE in their punishments… NO WAY? REALLY????

    Both the Seahawks and Steelers should be fined although the Seahawks clearly deserve more.

    NFL doesnt pass out justice, they pass out whaever the H they want when they want. As a fan that is a serious issue.

    They need to seperate the Commissioner from punishment and then establish rules and guidelines to be followed so teams know whats coming if they cheat. If you get away with it or think there will be no punishment then you might be more inclined to cheat when multi-million dollar staff and player salaries ride on it.

  50. 65impala says: Feb 15, 2017 11:54 AM

    This all became a non issue when the league found out that the Steelers did the same thing with Bell, I think the Rooney’s have some big time dirt on Roger the dodger. There is some reason the chips always fall Steelers way!!

  51. yooperman says: Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    Players get fined for every minor little thing Goodell can think of, but when Jordy Nelson got speared, broken ribs, and missed playing time ….nothing.
    It’s time to buy a Goodell clown shirt.

  52. nbptma1 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:59 AM

    And what about Le’Veon Bell and his groin injury that went unreported (or reported as ‘personal time off’)?

  53. txmidnite says: Feb 15, 2017 11:59 AM

    Goodell will apologize for the NFL getting Seattle’s KneeGate wrong, and take away the Patriots 1st round draft pick – to make everything right.

  54. sportnik2 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:02 PM

    Goodell is a real life President Snow and Tom Brady is the Mockingjay, who has taken in the man with unlimited power and won.

    Goodell’s done, Brady has cleared the way for others to resist the idiocy that Goodell has placed upon the league.

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:05 PM

    “What you guys fail to realize is that there isn’t only one NFL rulebook there are two. There’s the one that applies to the Patriots and the other one that applies to everyone else.”

    That’s not really correct. More like one set of rules for the favored few – Giants, Steelers, Jets, Ravens and Colts, and the other for everyone else.

  56. spotsdad says: Feb 15, 2017 12:05 PM

    I just count every Patriot Super Bowl as 2 now. We’re on to Eleven!

  57. dstin2014 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:06 PM

    UH, Steelers, Colts…. Jets are the anomaly, not the Seahawks !!!!!! Talk about selective information. Shame

  58. jahbrohknee says: Feb 15, 2017 12:07 PM

    The NFL is a business and does what it wants. It’s “rules” are an arbitrary set of guidelines. They are under no legal obligation as the whole NFL front office is basically a committee to handle day to day workings of the league.
    ——-

    Yes they are. When you collectively bargain with a union, you are legally and contractually bound to follow those rules.

  59. JJ412 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:08 PM

    “but yet the Giants had one of their draft picks drop about 20 spots as a punishment… if the Maras ran it it would have been the same warning”

    ———————————————————————

    Yeah but the NFL had no choice because the Giants were cheating right out in the open. And a 4th round pick dropped 20 spots is still light in context of the offense vs other punishments. Why did KC lose a draft pick for tampering and the Giants only have one devalued?

  60. metitometin says: Feb 15, 2017 12:11 PM

    There is definitely a double standard here. There’s one set of rules where 31 teams are allowed to ‘cheat’ and practice gamesmanship and there’s another set of rules for the Patriots. Aaron Rodgers freely admitted that he over-inflated his footballs and laughed off Deflategate as a joke. That’s even if Brady did anything wrong, which was never proven. PSI of footballs was something the NFL never cared about and still doesn’t. The NFL still doesn’t test the PSI of footballs during games. They never even told the players about the bogus 12.5 PSI rule because it was never a real rule. It was a rule for a day, the day of the Patriots/Colts AFC championship game, when the NFL chose to sting the Patriots to get back in the good graces of the other owners who despise the Patriots for being too good.

  61. ajsjr40 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM

    With Ringling Brothers going out of business that will mean the NFL has a monopoly!

  62. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 15, 2017 12:28 PM

    thankfully kaela carpenter is not comissioner.

  63. tylawspick6 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:28 PM

    There is definitely a double standard here. There’s one set of rules where 31 teams are allowed to ‘cheat’ and practice gamesmanship and there’s another set of rules for the Patriots. Aaron Rodgers freely admitted that he over-inflated his footballs and laughed off Deflategate as a joke. That’s even if Brady did anything wrong, which was never proven. PSI of footballs was something the NFL never cared about and still doesn’t. The NFL still doesn’t test the PSI of footballs during games. They never even told the players about the bogus 12.5 PSI rule because it was never a real rule. It was a rule for a day, the day of the Patriots/Colts AFC championship game, when the NFL chose to sting the Patriots to get back in the good graces of the other owners who despise the Patriots for being too good.

    ————–

    This is blantantly what happened with Spygate and Deflategate.
    The only difference is, they used a tiff between NY and the Pats as the springboard ,with ESPN, while Deflategate was an outright concoction of a story, totally made up.

    The latter NEVER would have occurred under Rozelle and Tagliabue, the former would have had the commissioner on the phone telling the Jets and Pats to “knock off the shenanigans” or there will be repercussions.

    This is how you can tell Goodell was hired to cheat the Pats whenever possible and how Kraft knew the framejobs were real after the Spygate framejob and why the Pats fought Deflategate with their own report, outing Goodell/Wells and all the owners in on it.

  64. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Feb 15, 2017 12:30 PM

    2 things here make me smile,

    Thank you for this “ruling” Roger, it now confirms beyond any doubt that there is a concerted effort to screw NE and go easy on the golden children. Not even up for discussion anymore.

    We can all rest easy know that not only are the Pats SB champs again but since they have to play the other team AND NFLHQ every time it proves again beyond doubt and discussion that they are far and away the best team of the last 20 years and most likely of all time. No other team has ever had things stacked against them ostensibly due to their remarkable success.

    I will now pause so that the Football Archaeologists of America can drag out the leather helmet era guys and make the case that they were better.

  65. tylawspick6 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:31 PM

    Also, 25K for a millionaire coach is not really a punishment.

    It’s all for show.

    Stealing the Pats draft picks and allowing distractions into a Super Bowl, is 100% cheating via Park Ave and other unnamed owners behind the scenes.

  66. alltee says: Feb 15, 2017 12:47 PM

    the greatest joke is that we often hear that the NFL owners are business partners

    i cant fathom for the life of me how they allow such a discrepancy in penalties, how they support these discrepancies and how they can consider themselves partners based on such blatant displays of favouritism

    now for some owners i see it makes sense as they know if you tell little roger he is a good boy and treat him like a 3 year old who just got potty trained than you can do whatever you want with no consequence.

    take the patriots for example everyone knows they are the biggest cheaters as they have been fined twice in 15 years, one of those fines was for a crime that science says never happened and the other was for the placement of a camera despite the NFL acting like it was illegal to film or that stealing signals isn’t a part of their sport irregardless whether you have a camera, yes people you are allowed to steal signals

    the seahawks get off with a warning as they arent big cheaters, they have only been caught three times in the last three years and this doesn’t include the steroid bar they constructed in their dressing room.

    the falcons played the evil patriots in the superbowl, it must suck for them to play such big cheaters, those damn pats caught cheating twice in ten years. falcons pumping in noise 2014, coaches using cell phones on the side line 2005, busted for an illegal practise 2016,

    support little 5 year old roger in all his screw ups and mishandling of just about every file that comes across his desk, just know this, us fans at the wrong end of goodell’s own brand of industrial justice are looking forward to the day your team falls out of favour with the great dictator and gets ridiculously fined, we will be out with pitchforks supporting the tyrant and screaming for your heads like you all did irrelevant of facts and logic. your days are coming and we will be leading the drive for insane disproportionate fines against your teams

    FIRE GOODELL!!!

  67. charger383 says: Feb 15, 2017 12:49 PM

    crooked Roger

  68. tbisgod says: Feb 15, 2017 1:01 PM

    As much as we hate it, RG isn’t going anywhere. He”s in his mid-fifties and will still be Commissioner after BB and BK are gone. We’re going to have to live with it, majority of owners love the guy!

  69. dickshotdogs says: Feb 15, 2017 1:08 PM

    I ordered my Goodell clown shirt last night. I think those of you who despise this piece of fecal matter should join me.

  70. dickshotdogs says: Feb 15, 2017 1:10 PM

    Just exactly what is it that The Saints “rock?”

  71. fireroger says: Feb 15, 2017 1:14 PM

    mysportsrumors says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:38 AM

    but yet the Giants had one of their draft picks drop about 20 spots as a punishment… if the Maras ran it it would have been the same warning
    ==================
    Seriously? Injury reporting vs domestic violence. If you can’t see how Mara influenced that penalty you ar literally blind.

  72. patriots123456 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:31 PM

    If ratings continue to drop next year, the clown will be on shaky ground.

  73. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 15, 2017 1:35 PM

    yooperman says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:58 AM
    Players get fined for every minor little thing Goodell can think of, but when Jordy Nelson got speared, broken ribs, and missed playing time ….nothing.
    It’s time to buy a Goodell clown shirt.

    It wasn’t a spear. Completely legal hit. Packers fans whine as much as your QB

  74. tjacks7 says: Feb 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    Kind of like how the NFL gave Pryor for getting tattoos in college meanwhile Pete the Cheat violated every rule in the book and completely ruined a major university’s football program and was aloud to skate.

    Pete the Cheat and Goodell are scumbags with no integrity at all.

  75. jgedgar70 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:34 PM

    I know to some this is no big deal. The problem with violations and punishment is that everything is so random. Sure would be nice to see a violation punished the same way regardless of what person or team is involved.

  76. scituguy says: Feb 15, 2017 2:48 PM

    If I’m the Jets and Tannenbaum(who I know is in Miami now) or Mangini, I ask for my fine money back based on this ruling.

    PS: I wonder if Tannenbaum and Mangini were fined back in the day instead of getting a warning like SEA just did because they come from the Belichick tree?

  77. davebarnes21 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:00 PM

    goodell is single-handedly RUINING the NFL!

    And the owners are too weak to do anything about it

  78. shomershabbos says: Feb 15, 2017 3:41 PM

    How does Goodell still have a job?

  79. jgintx says: Feb 15, 2017 4:06 PM

    Decisions like these make football feel more and more like wrestling … where the fix is in. If the decisions cannot at least be consistent, someone else needs to be making them! You would think that with $7 billion a year they could get some good advice, rather than listen to twitter.

  80. bluesblood7 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:57 PM

    So I guess that was a REAL clown nose after all.

  81. greenlargo says: Feb 15, 2017 5:03 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Feb 15, 2017 11:24 AM
    “Drew Brees aptly pointed out two weeks ago on PFT Live) that the league picks a preferred result and works backward to justify it.”

    That’s the NFL office in New York on a thumbnail. Facts don’t matter.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    THIS!!!

    I want to add that it was a bummer the Patriots got brought up at the bottom of the article. This was a situation that they were completely outside of. It was kind of nice.

  82. inozwetrust says: Feb 15, 2017 6:11 PM

    Who are these injuries supposed to be reported to? What is the purpose of reporting the injuries? Do you think maybe it’s for the bookies in Vegas so that they can set their lines?
    This is a non-issue as far as playing the game is concerned.

  83. reddzen says: Feb 15, 2017 6:33 PM

    #1 There is a difference between resting and not resting. Favre didn’t rest he played through.

    #2 This would only be a story if somehow they claimed he was injured, they didn’t. There’s only one reason that we should care about a player not being on the injury report and then playing (because presumably people still game planned for him) and that is…

    #3 Because it facilitates the Vegas and other sports book spreads that the NFL doesn’t support. Of course not. Never ever.

    Come on people can we move to news?

  84. docsmith54 says: Feb 15, 2017 10:21 PM

    spotsdad says:
    Feb 15, 2017 12:05 PM
    I just count every Patriot Super Bowl as 2 now. We’re on to Eleven!

    Actually, on to 12!

    Anyway, there ought to be a Non-Competition Committee to recommend no changes to the league’s policy of favoring some teams over the rest. At least teams will have representation when they’re getting screwed – but know they had nothing to do with it.

  85. sparxx2157 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:29 AM

    Im so tired of hearing how the P.A.T.S. get the ass end of everything from the NFL everyone else gets away with everything..Listen it is what it is the NFL is going to do what they want when they want.. get over it… stop crying all the time PATS FANS are turning in to a bunch of wine boxes…Who cares you just won the Superbowl shut up and enjoy it why you can… this is the National Football League not the national crybaby League

  86. popcherrycoke says: Feb 16, 2017 12:49 PM

    “Who are these injuries supposed to be reported to? What is the purpose of reporting the injuries? Do you think maybe it’s for the bookies in Vegas so that they can set their lines?
    This is a non-issue as far as playing the game is concerned.”

    No. The reporting rules main purpose is so that people on team staffs don’t have inside information about injuries that they can pedal into gambling earnings. And also so that those same people can’t push false information about injuries etc. It’s about not having the inner workings of teams becoming corrupted. Secondarily, the reporting is used for scouting purposes for opponents.

  87. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Feb 16, 2017 3:00 PM

    Lying about Bell’s injury is much more egregious. The Steelers repeated the lie right up to the AFC championship game and then pulled Bell early in the game. There was no chance Bell could have played in that game and forcing him to go out there and fake it is not only an insult to the league and the fans, it was dangerous. Throw the book at the Steelers. This is horrible.

  88. omeimontis says: Feb 17, 2017 12:36 AM

    A warning to Carroll is similar to a pat on the back. He violated workout rules even after he was warned and fined before. That means he will violate the injury report again in the future, if it helps his team.

  89. rclindhe says: Feb 17, 2017 1:18 AM

    If even after the league comes up with even more obvious lies and twisted information, the Patriots STILL continue to win and win Super Bowls as well, I say bring it on Roger….if you and the other owners weren’t so stupid, you’d realize this organization thrives on your idiotic attempts to kill them off. Shoot, Belichick probably let the Falcons get ahead by 25 on purpose so he could have Brady cut out their hearts, knowing full well the Pats were way better than them….how’s that for a theory lol.

  90. omeimontis says: Feb 18, 2017 6:04 PM

    This is not the first time the NFL have treated the Sea Hogs better than other teams. Beast Mode was arrested and charged with drunk driving. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving and the NFL did not suspend him a single game.

  91. hardasahawk says: Feb 19, 2017 10:02 AM

    The Hawks didn’t get dinged because upon investigation, there was no injury.

    It was Pete trying to cover for a guy who got his money and now doesn’t put in the work that got him to the top. Like Wilson, like Bennett, like many of the entitled players the Hawks have saddled themselves with.

    More twitter than tackles or TD passes.

  92. hardasahawk says: Feb 19, 2017 10:05 AM

    And by the way quit all the whining.

    As multiple offenders at institutional cheating, if Godell didn’t sniff Kraft’s undies, Brady & Belichick should have been given the Black Sox treatment and banned for life.

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