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Then again. When did they ever stop?

 

Spikes, Talib say Patriots file false injury reports

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Two former Patriots say the team put false information about them on official injury reports.

 

Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib have both said since leaving New England in free agency that when they were on the Patriots last year, the team gave them injury designations that weren’t accurate. Spikes ended last season on injured reserve with a knee injury, and there were reports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick actually put Spikes on IR because Spikes had shown up late to practice. Spikes seemed to confirm that in an interview on WGR in Buffalo.

 

“I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes said, via ESPN.com. “That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with Talib and his hip.”

 

Talib was on injury reports last season with hip injuries, but after signing with the Broncos he said he never had a hip injury.

“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib said. “The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury, but that’s how they do things.”

 

That’s not how the NFL wants teams to do things. The league office may look into the possibility that the Patriots are playing fast and loose with injury reports.

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I don't think the Patriots are the only ones. In fact, I'll bet all teams do this to some extent.

 

Green Bay does too, such as James Jones rib injury (never announced until after the season).

 

In this case, Belichick has a point. The ONLY reason the injury report exists is for gambling purposes. But, of course, the NFL doesn't support gambling. Right?? Right?!?!

Originally Posted by Boris:

I don't think the Patriots are the only ones. In fact, I'll bet all teams do this to some extent.

 

Green Bay does too, such as James Jones rib injury (never announced until after the season).

 

In this case, Belichick has a point. The ONLY reason the injury report exists is for gambling purposes. But, of course, the NFL doesn't support gambling. Right?? Right?!?!

Jonathan Franklin seemed to suggest he was not actually injured when the team put him on IR.

IR is just a place further back on the shelf, right behind practice squad. Heck, if I were a GM I'd use IR too if a guy was "injured" and who was almost good enough to make the 53 but not quite, and exposing him to the PS means someone would snatch him away. Franklin is a perfect example.

Originally Posted by Boris:

I don't think the Patriots are the only ones. In fact, I'll bet all teams do this to some extent.

 

I would bet Boris's paycheck that ALL teams in the NFL cheat.  I am not a fan or defender of the Patriots but I think all teams cheat to certain degrees. All teams try to steal signs, I bet they all fudge the injury report, etc.  I bet our favorite team does it as well.

Originally Posted by The Heckler:
Originally Posted by Boris:

I don't think the Patriots are the only ones. In fact, I'll bet all teams do this to some extent.

 

I would bet Boris's paycheck that ALL teams in the NFL cheat. 

I only make $64k

Well, Lookee here what thread we need to pull up again!

Patriots employee filming the Bengals sidelines yesterday

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2866183

"But of course, it was for a TV show!"

Still, Dianna Russini of ESPN reported a Bengals employee was monitoring the cameraman during the game and claimed he was shooting the Bengals staff on the sidelines during the first quarter. "The cameraman asked if they could just delete the footage and it all be forgotten," sources told Russini.

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