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Injury reporting rules leave little wiggle room for Colts

Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay


The NFL will investigate whether the Colts failed to comply with the requirements of the injury reporting rules in connection with quarterback Andrew Luck, who according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports have been playing with multiple rib fractures. Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson has responded by proclaiming: “Our injury reports are accurate.”

Some believe that the Colts will take the position that Luck’s broken ribs didn’t need to be disclosed, because the broken ribs never kept him from practicing or playing in a game. If that’s the approach the Colts take, it could fail as badly as their fake punt.

“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,” the league’s policy regarding injury reports states. “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.”

Interpretation: Andrew Luck’s broken ribs should have been disclosed.

“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.”

The policy explains that violations will result in a fine for the team, fines and/or suspensions of the individuals involved, and the possible loss of draft picks.