Calais Campbell knew about Fournette discipline “a couple days” in advance

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The Jaguars gave the football-following world a major surprise when declaring, 90 minutes before Sunday’s kickoff, that rookie running back Leonard Fournette wouldn’t be playing. Fantasy owners scrambled to make changes, and gamblers who wagered money based on the expected presence of Fournette called Luck something other than a Lady. But the story was known in the locker room well in advance of Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live, Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell said he knew about Fournette’s punishment “a couple days” before the game. Which raises a fair question — should a team that will be deactivating a starter be required to disclose the decision the moment the decision is made?

The league currently requires teams to make detailed injury reports three times before each regular-season game, with the unstated goal of giving gamblers a level playing field, or at least the perception of one. Shouldn’t teams be required to do the same thing if/when a coaching decision will take a key player off the field?

For now, there’s no rule requiring the information to be disclosed. This naturally creates inside information, and an incentive for those who wager big money to find ways to get it. Which isn’t good for anyone, except the gamblers.

When the Steelers decided to deactivate receiver Martavis Bryant, they didn’t squat on the information. While the Jaguars surely were hoping to catch the Bengals unprepared by holding the information as long as possible, broader concerns about the integrity of the game should compel teams to say what they know about a key player’s status, when they know it.

13 responses to “Calais Campbell knew about Fournette discipline “a couple days” in advance

  1. The country club atmosphere has ended in Jacksonville and as a result they are above .500 for the first time in years. I like what they are doing and building, I think they can be a contender in a year or two.

  2. No they shouldn’t have to and good for the team on not letting it leak out. Man how I miss Coughlin in NY.

  3. What if a team announces they are sitting a star player, and then has a change of mind and decides to play him, is that allowed?

    Maybe a coach says X is benched for next game, but then a division rival beats a strong opponent and the coach fears they may not make the playoffs. Is he allowed to reconsider?

    What if a player is benched for a quarter, and the HC decides spur of the moment to change it to the first possession because the opposing team ran a kickoff back for a TD.

    Teams shouldn’t announce discipline benchings.

  4. such a stupid move to bench fournette, you want your only player with a lick of skill on offense to check out jacksonville? cuz acting like a bunch of sensitive dimwits benching people over punctuality will do it

  5. raiderej says:
    November 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Gambling, the REAL reason behind most decisions in the NFL! Hypocrisy is rampant. Pay attention.
    Seriously though. It’s unbelievable how an organization can be so outspoken against gambling, yet make continual decisions that are clearly influenced by the advancement of gambling. Does the NFL have any integrity at all? I miss Tags.

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