Now that the Ravens have been fined $20,000 by the NFL for not listing free safety Ed Reed on the injury report, coach John Harbaugh says the team will list every injury going forward to comply with the stated interpretation of the rulebook.
"We thought we were in compliance, we tried to follow the rules," Harbaugh said Monday during a conference call. "I'll list pretty much everybody now. Obviously, they corrected it and we'll do what they want us to do. I was surprised by it. It's something we felt like we were doing it the right way. Obviously, they disagreed and we'll adjust. There's not going to be anybody who's not going to be on there."
The NFL punished the Ravens on Friday following a review of practice and game video. An inquiry was launched after Reed complained of a torn labrum in his shoulder during a 105.7 The Fan radio program. He later downplayed the severity of the injury by saying, "I ain't drop no bombshell, man."
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However, a league spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that Reed should have been listed on the injury report even though he missed no games and was a full participant in practice.
The NFL had previously fined the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins $20,000 apiece for injury
report violations involving defensive end Mario Williams and quarterback Robert Griffin III. And the league office has said that it will increase fines for repeat violators.
According to the NFL rulebook on reporting injuries, "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. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media."
"It's pretty hard for us to determine who's a significant player is and who's not one," Harbaugh said. "I don't know how to do that. It's one of the ways they write it in there. They say, 'a significant player who has not missed any time should be on there.' Well, in my mind, all 53 players are significant. I think every single guy is significant, so I'm not about to start saying, 'Well, one guy is more significant than the other' 11.
Meanwhile, the Ravens conducted practice Monday at their indoor facility despite the inclement weather caused by the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones was one of the few players who wasn't able to make it back in time due to travel issues caused by the canceling of flights into Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Harbaugh said participation was high and included nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu (sprained right knee) and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament).
"We pretty much had everybody with us," Harbaugh said. "I think everybody worked out in some form or fashion. We had different guys doing different things, but Kemo was out there, Haloti was out there. … Really, the only guy was Haloti. Everybody went."