Are the Colts trying to be sneaky? That's the question that's being asked right now, as the team has not disclosed Andrew Luck's rib injury at all this season.
Citing a report from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer stating that Luck is dealing with multiple broken ribs, Comcast Sports Net New England's Tom Curran has stated that listing Luck on the injury report isn't optional and should have been done.
From Curran's report:
If Luck does indeed have broken ribs – and Glazer’s rarely incorrect – disclosing that fact on the injury report wasn’t optional based on whether or not the rib injury was limiting Luck in practice (and how could they not).
As Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk pointed out, the league’s injury reporting policy reads thusly:
“All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the 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. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media. This policy is of paramount importance in maintaining the integrity of the game.
“The intent of the policy is to provide a full and complete rendering of player availability,” the policy states. “Should disputes arise with regards to compliance with this policy, it will be incumbent upon clubs to demonstrate that they have acted in a manner consistent with the intent of the policy.”
So now the Colts will have to try and prove that they acted within the injury report rules and policies. For Patriots fans, nothing would be sweeter than to see the Colts get dinged for breaking the rules, although this seems like it wouldn't be a huge deal.
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