After the Ravens just got hit with a fine due to reporting of injuries, it brings up the issue of why is there such a concern over this.
The NFL wants to keep everything fair, and having every team report injuries is involved with that. If one team knows who's hurt on the other and might or might not play, it keeps things fair. Now, some teams do interesting things with the system. New England lists a ton of people on its report each week. What's true or what's not with any team is something that's very tough to prove.
But it's all in the interest of fairness and not giving any team a competitive edge. Coaches in football -- at all levels -- have gotten rather tense in re injuries. Other sports also are dealing with similar issues. The NHL often will say a player has an "upper-body" or a "lower body" injury. That's the most they'll divulge to the public, and teams often don't even want to tell the media that much. In my humble opinion, there's way too much concern -- at least in hockey -- with this.
In the NFL, the concept is similar. They don't want anyone to know the full story ahead of time. That's understandable since it's about getting that advantage on game day which could lead to a victory.
The question, to me, is where to draw the line in a situation like this.
What should teams be reported and/or required to divulge? And why should they be required to do so, especially because it's so hard to prove what's right or wrong? There's so much gray in this area that the answer isn't easy to find.