Violating injury report will cost teams draft picks

Mario WilliamsWith thee teams being fined $20,000 each in recent weeks for failing to disclose injuries in compliance with league rules, the penalty for the first offense isn’t much more than, given the value of NFL franchises, a parking ticket.

If teams become repeat offenders, however, the price will go up.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that, if the Bills (as to defensive end Mario Williams), Redskins (as to quarterback Robert Griffin III), or Ravens (as to safety Ed Reed) commit further violations, the fines will increase.  Aiello also didn’t rule out the possibility of draft picks being stripped.

Aiello called it “unlikely,” but “multiple offenses of a very serious nature” could result in a team losing draft picks.

In the end, only the threat of lost draft picks will prompt teams to completely comply with the rules.  Fines will be viewed simply as a cost of doing business the way the teams want to do business — especially when the January 2012 comments from former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams make clear the fact that teams will target injured players for further injury. Read more…

Ed Reed not focused on contract, but the season

Ed Reed

Ravens safety Ed Reed said he’s focused on football now, and isn’t worrying much about a new contract, although he was careful to point out they’ve already been talking about one.

Trying to follow the direction of Reed’s future this summer could have given you whiplash. He contemplated retirement. He skipped a mandatory minicamp. He sent signals he might hold out, and then he didn’t.

“I’m here, man,” Reed said Wednesday, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “What transpired months back transpired. What happened because of what I had to deal with family wise and what I’ve been going through for the last 11 years now in the league you know it’s always a time when you have to assess yourself. Once you get to a certain part and you’ve been doing it maybe not being as vocal guys don’t be as vocal with it, but when you’re dealing with the business side of it, too, that’s something you have to deal with.

“I choose to deal with it the way I deal with it. That way, young guys know it. Kids will know it as they come up. Their parents will know it. I’m not a guy who holds things back. That’s why you get what you get. And if I didn’t do it that way, you wouldn’t have the information to write about.” Read more here…

Ed Reed continues to hint he might not play this season

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Lewis lifts up teammate Reed after Reed intercepted the Houston Texans in fourth quarter of their NFL AFC Divisional Playoff football game in BaltimoreRavens safety Ed Reed continues to hint that he’s not so sure he’s going to play this season.

Working at a youth football camp on Monday, Reed said he hasn’t given a whole lot of thought to playing in Baltimore this year.
“This is about these kids today,” Reed said, via the Baltimore Sun. “My mind is just so far away from what’s about to happen in the fall. I’m thinking about other things.”
Reed has spent much of the offseason suggesting — without ever coming right out and saying — that if the Ravens don’t give him a raise from his $7.2 million salary for 2012, he might not show up when training camp starts, and maybe not even when the regular season starts. Reed has been criticized in some quarters for that approach, but he said that’s just part of taking care of business.
“Not everybody is going to understand,” Reed said. “You can’t please everybody. That’s just human nature. Everybody has their opinion, and that’s going to be there. You deal with it. You take it in stride. You take the good with the bad, the bad with the good. That’s part of life.” Read more here…

Ed Reed holding out on the Baltimore Ravens


Ravens safety Ed Reed has been sending fairly cryptic messages to the team on Twitter.  On Wednesday, he made more clear his threat, or possibly his plan, to hold out until the Ravens give him a new contract.

“The only way we protect ourselves, … the only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out,” Reed told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun.  “So if Ray Ricedoesn’t show up, so be it.  If Joe Flacco didn’t show up and got a contract, so be it.”

Reed explained that he thinks the NFLPA “messed things up” last year, and that he believes he needs to stick up for other players on the issue of getting paid.

While those comments say nothing about Reed’s specific plans, a separate response regarding what he’ll be doing when the season begins says it all:   ”Watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.”

That’s the clearest hint yet that Reed doesn’t plan to report for training camp.  The Ravens likely will continue to think he’s bluffing, primarily because they believe that, when push comes to shove, he can’t stay away from the game. Read more here…