The Ravens were fined $20,000 for not disclosing Ed Reed's shoulder injury, though that penalty was seen as a slap on the wrist in the gazillion-dollar world of the NFL.
More funny business with the injury report could get more costly.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, any additional violations of the injury report will result in heftier fines, and repeat offenders could also face the loss of draft picks, although NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Florio that scenario is "unlikely."
What seems more likely is that the Ravens will have longer injury reports.
To review, Ed Reed went on a radio show a couple of weeks ago and said he's been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. That injury never showed up on a Ravens injury report. The next day, Reed downplayed the injury, saying, "I ain't no pitcher. I don't play baseball. So long as I'm not throwing ... it's nothing to worry about."
Coach John Harbaugh said that Reed had never missed a practice or a game because of the injury, so the Ravens saw no need to include him on the injury report.
The league obviously saw otherwise, just as they did with the Bills, who were slapped with a $20,000 fine for failing to list Mario Williams' wrist injury.
Harbaugh pointed out that the Ravens have, at one time or another, "25 or 30 guys that have things like that – things that they can play through that don’t cost them any time, practice-wise or game-wise."
Some teams, the Patriots among them, are frequently ridiculed for issuing lengthy injury reports that seem to include everyone but the parking attendants. Might the Ravens be headed down that path? It seems as if it might be the cheaper way to go.