Teams need to get their injury report facts straight

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A strange dynamic has come into focus during the playoffs: Multiple teams have posted inaccurate injury information on their official websites.

It’s not that injuries are being hidden. It’s that actual injuries aren’t being accurately reported on team websites.

The most recent example came on Wednesday, when the information posted at the Bills’ official website, and in turn on the Chiefs’ official website, showed that Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs did not practice due to an oblique injury. In reality, Diggs participated on a limited basis. (Eventually, the online errors were rectified.)

Last Friday, an even stranger mistake occurred on the Saints’ official website, when the final injury report in advance of the divisional round game against the Buccaneers contained grossly inaccurate information. Receiver Michael Thomas was listed as out, even though he wasn’t even on the official report for the week. Quarterback Taysom Hill, who officially was questionable with a knee injury (he ultimately didn’t play), didn’t appear on the online report.

It’s a critical wrinkle not for football reasons but for gambling reasons. As bettors assess the status of players, it’s important that the information provided by the teams, in whatever format, be correct.

Fans, media, and those who bet on games shouldn’t have to doubt the credibility of injury reports listed on a team’s official injury report, shouldn’t have to wait for the official NFL-generated report. The information should be as accurate and reliable as possible.

If it isn’t, the NFL eventually will have to answer tough questions from politicians throughout the country. Those tough questions could lead to answers the NFL wouldn’t appreciate, like the establishment of a federal agency responsible for regulating pro sports in order to ensure the integrity of wagers placed on games.

12 responses to “Teams need to get their injury report facts straight

  1. Im not too cncerned about injury reports. Why do we need to know if Jim Kneepad has a broken toe or an oblique injury? So other players can target his injury? Keep your cards close to your chest.

    Just let us know before the game starts who is playing and who is out for injury. The game still has to go on no matter who is hurt and who isnt hurt.

  2. Wait, what? You’re reporting that the Saints were less than on the up and up? The SAINTS? Surely you jest.

  3. Ever hear of Belichick? he’s the king of non information been doing it for years as have others.

  4. I have made this point before, but actually the NFL and all sports SHOULD want a Federal agency to oversee gambling in sports. For the same reason the SEC makes sure investments in the stock market are on the up and up, a new gambling agency would oversee that there are no shenanigans with sports betting.

    Remember Tim Donaghy and the NBA?

  5. injury reports revolve around gambling, it’s true. Kind of goes against the “wholesome” front the NFL puts on. “We support Cancer research, the troops, BLM, etc”. I get it, sports gambling is being legalized in almost every state, and it is surely a money making machine. Even FF is a form of gambling, which I admit I do partake in and enjoy. So, yeah, reasons for injury reports have changed over the years, but are definitely more scrutinized in the new world of online legal sports betting. Let’s admit the NFL is still our modern day Gladiator.

  6. Coaches are micromanagers and see it as a competitive issue and don’t care about gambling.
    But the owners and league care greatly about gambling as it is a major driver of revenue.
    Would be wise to see a breakdown of winners/losers on each side of misinformation.

  7. Kind of reminds me of the infamous Everson Griffen “toe injury” Mike Zimmer and the Vikings lied about.

  8. What about the injuries never reported? A few years ago Brady’s wife referenced concussions Tom had. Don’t think those ever showed up on any report

  9. delfines72 says: “For the same reason the SEC makes sure investments in the stock market are on the up and up, a new gambling agency would oversee that there are no shenanigans with sports betting.”

    Huge difference – companies need a fair stock market for investment capital to fund their business. The NFL and other sports leagues DO NOT profit from gambling – those go to states and cansinos only.

  10. The NFL’s injury reports are for the integrity of the football competition, not gambling. The only requirement should be that anything explicitly labeled “official” is in fact official and in conformance to league standards for accuracy; otherwise, let the “buyer” beware when it comes to using information to inform a gambling decision. That’s why it’s called “gambling”, and also why for so long it was seen as an unwise if not inappropriate activity. Note that the website for the Saints does NOT include any disclaimer that insures accuracy or “official” status, so this seems to be an unnecessary alarm ring.

  11. If your main concern is that it affects gambling then guess what, it’s really not that big of a concern.

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