By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
5:28 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended the team not listing free safety Ed Reed on the injury report.
The league is making a formal inquiry into the Ravens not having Reed on their official injury report after he complained last week on a local radio show of a torn labrum in his shoulder.
The NFL is reviewing practice and game video. It fined the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins $20,000 apiece last week for not listing defensive end Mario Williams on the injury report and for not being forthcoming about quarterback Robert Griffin III's status, respectively.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Baltimore Sun on Friday that the league is looking into the matter and the Ravens acknowledged that they are providing practice and game video to the league.
"I have no problem with that, the game tape and the practice tape," Harbaugh said today at team headquarters. "What they'll find is that he's practiced 100 percent all of the time and played in all of the games. He hasn't missed any game time because of injuries. Our understanding of the rule has been that if they don't miss any time because of injury they don't have to be on the injury report.
"So, there's some nuances there. I'm very confident that we understand that rule as well as anyone in the league. We've kept the injury report very tight. We've kept it to the guys that have to be on the injury report, not that we're trying to hide any injuries, but we could do what some other teams do and put a bunch of guys on there. I'd be just as happy to do that. We could put all of the guys on the injury report. Whatever they tell us to do, we'll do. We're trying to follow the rules."
Meanwhile, Harbaugh expressed relief that the team didn't suffer any big injuries during a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.
Reed (rib contusion), rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele (sprained right ankle) and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament) were able to participate in today's walkthrough practice.
Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie aggravated a minor hip flexor injury.
"It seemed like everybody came out of it well," Harbaugh said. "We don't have anything serious. We don't have any major injuries coming out of it. W e were very fortunate with injuries."
McKinnie made a brief appearance at left tackle with Michael Oher shifting over to right tackle when Osemele went to the locker room to have his right ankle X-rayed. Osemele went back in the game after being examined.
"He got hurt," Harbaugh said of McKinnie. "he's had a little hip flexor that kind of came up during the game."
After a Tuesday practice, the Ravens' players will be granted time off for the remainder of the bye week.
"This week is going to be good for us," Harbaugh said. "We need the rest, we need the recovery, we're going to heal up a little bit. The bye week comes at a great time for us, right around midseason."