Report: NFL investigating whether Bills violated injury policy on Jerry Hughes

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Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes revealed on social media this week that he played with torn ligaments in his wrist.

That has prompted an NFL investigation into whether the Bills violated the league policy on reporting injuries, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN reports.

The Bills did not list Hughes with a wrist injury at any time in the 2019 season. The team did list him as missing practice or as limited with a groin injury and for a veteran rest day at different times in the year, according to Louis-Jacques.

Coach Sean McDermott was asked at his season-ending news conference about why the Bills didn’t list Hughes with a wrist injury.

“He was on the injury report. It was not in relation to his wrist,” McDermott said, via Louis-Jacques. “He was on the injury report, I believe, at one point for his groin, and then another time just overall for veteran rest.”

Hughes has not missed a game in his seven seasons in Buffalo.

The NFL’s policy states “all players who have reportable injuries must be listed on the Practice Report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game.”

The NFL punished the Steelers for not listing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with an elbow injury before their Week Two game. The Steelers paid a $75,000 fine and coach Mike Tomlin a $25,000 fine.

Hughes made 4.5 sacks in the regular season and a career-best three in Saturday’s loss to the Texans in the wild-card round.

28 responses to “Report: NFL investigating whether Bills violated injury policy on Jerry Hughes

  1. The cheating by these teams will never end.

    This is why BB over-announces injuries on the report. He doesn’t want to be framed again.

    But this? The arrogance of some of these fanbases to think teams can try to cheat and get away with it. Intent is the key.

    Any update on what the Ravens have been doing by cheating on the sidelines with bluetooth? Anyone know if Goodell is still allowing it?

  2. At least for his case he did get a nice extension not too long ago. It would be more troublesome if the team had him out there and ran him into the ground and then cut him.

    However the man does have $19.5 million in guarantees through 2021, which indicates they did their part in taking care of him.

    As far as wether you wanna call it cheating or some breach of conduct, I feel like this is a repeated offense across the league and they are more instances like this that have happened, and while I remember a few, it’s probably more common that we really think.

    I think putting the Bills on blast is fair, but like I said, at least they didn’t run him into the ground and cut him after this year, which they definitely could’ve done.

  3. The Bills taking lessons from the cheating dynasty of the Patriots. Those dirty cheaters the Patriots inspired cheating around the league. They did leave a Legacy on The League, and it’s cheat, and cheat, if that fails, cheat again.

    Don’t forget, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the kings of asterisks. The tainted 6 Super Bowls and there loser fan base are a bunch of clowns and nothing’s

  4. What’s there to investigate? He had a bad wrist injury and the Bills never listed him as having a wrist injury. That’s as simple an investigation as there is. Either skip to the punishment part or just stop pretending like this actually matters.

  5. I couldn’t care less about this unless he reported the injury to the team.

    I do care a lot more when I see a guy with an illegal Bluetooth device standing next to the ear of a coach whose team won the top seed. That’s why they are the R*vens to me until we find out what he was doing.

  6. ghostofmyra says:
    January 9, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Don’t forget, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the kings of asterisks. The tainted 6 Super Bowls and there loser fan base are a bunch of clowns and nothing’s
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    It’s a hell of a lot more fun than being a fan of any other team in the AFC East- that’s for sure.

  7. I think this is still yet another thing the NFL gets wrong. The injury report should reflect who is on the field and who is not. Period. They guy played through an injury. But he was on the field. The Bills provided progress reports through the week. But he was on the field on Saturday.

  8. Gee, 3 sacks at Houston last week? Watching the game on TV and listening to those announcers I thought the only d-end playing was Watt – and he got one whole sack… the announcers must not have known Jerry was playing I guess..

  9. This can’t be right. For years we’ve heard fanbases around the league complain that the Pats are cheaters and all of the other teams are angels.

  10. The NFL has bigger things to worry about then this. Like how terrible the refereeing is. Again smoke and mirrors to cover up the real problems. Now they add more referees to the sidelines for the playoffs to only muddy up the waters some more.

  11. Here’s an idea: If you’re hiding an injury, keep you lip buttoned and stay off social media.
    And don’t let your significant other (looking at you, Gisele) spill the beans, either.

  12. objectivefbfan says:
    January 10, 2020 at 3:25 am
    I think this is still yet another thing the NFL gets wrong. The injury report should reflect who is on the field and who is not. Period. They guy played through an injury. But he was on the field. The Bills provided progress reports through the week. But he was on the field on Saturday.

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    Lets be honest, injury reporting is for handicapping. With the legalization of gambling the accuracy of the information is more important than ever. It’s not just about whether a player plays or not, it’s about their level of effectiveness too. It’s important that it’s correct and public. if only some gamblers know there are significant injuries it is a very easy way to win. Particularly with granular betting on all aspects of the game. It’s equivalent to insider trading.

  13. johnnycantread says:
    January 10, 2020 at 10:33 am
    Here’s an idea: If you’re hiding an injury, keep you lip buttoned and stay off social media.
    And don’t let your significant other (looking at you, Gisele) spill the beans, either.

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    Or just don’t cheat like your team does and Goodell does from his perch at 345 Park Ave.

    Why wasn’t the Luck rib injury immediately deemed a punishment for example? There’s no need to “investigate”. They were caught trying to hide it. Rightly or wrongly, that is 100% clearly against the rules.

  14. “The Patsies do this on a regular basis with no consequences. Different strokes I guess…”

    No they don’t do this at all. Bill will report a hangnail.

    You don’t like the Pats injury reporting that way blame the league. The 2nd year with the Pats Bill got fined 50k for not reporting an “injury”. That “injury” was a tiny cut on a receivers hand, literally an 1/8th of an inch long that did not impact his ability to catch the ball in any way. He got it from the wiper of his car when he was cleaning snow off it.

    So no, Bill never hides injuries. You can complain he overdoes it the other way reporting any tiny thing, and that’s true at times, but the NFL is to blame for that not Belichik.

  15. aquineas1 says:
    January 10, 2020 at 10:15 am
    It isn’t just tactical; most of the time teams do this when they are actually trying to protect their players.

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    That MIGHT make sense for the QB, but the fact is, it doesn’t matter. This is why BB puts a hangnail as an injury on the injury report. He knows Goodell will use anything to try to frame the Pats.

  16. AFW AFW says:
    January 10, 2020 at 8:45 am
    This can’t be right. For years we’ve heard fanbases around the league complain that the Pats are cheaters and all of the other teams are angels.


    This is not cheating. Neither is a documentary film crew with no connection to the football team filming the sidelines for their own purposes and not the team’s – and by all reports that is the case there.

    Having an illegal Bluetooth device on the sidelines standing by the ear of the head coach and telling him the other team’s plays IS cheating. R*vens get no acknowledgement of their success or respect from me this year until we find out what he was doing and what he told the coach.

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