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NFL spokesman weighs in on John Harbaugh's injury report comments

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The NFL appears to have moved on to other matters after Ravens coach John Harbaugh criticized the injury reporting procedures last week.

In the wake of the Ravens being fined $20,000 by the league for failing to list free safety Ed Reed with a torn labrum in his shoulder that didn't sideline him for practices or games and Harbaugh later questioning the validity of the reporting guidelines, the league has responded.

"On Coach Harbaugh and the injury report comments, we appreciate his commitment to comply with the injury reporting rules going forward," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Baltimore Sun in an email today.

Harbaugh increased his injury report to 16 players last week, a much higher number than he had previously listed when he would routinely only note a handful of the most serious injuries.

Now, Harbaugh has said he'll list everything. Even a hangnail.

“There’s no credence on the injury report now,” Harbaugh said last Friday. “It doesn’t mean anything. It has no value. The injury report has no value.

“If a guy that goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice and doesn’t miss a game and doesn’t want to be on the injury report and we have to put him on the injury report, I want the league’s answer on that. I’m looking forward to hearing that.”

That said, it looks like all parties are going on to other things.

Harbaugh was asked Monday if he had spoken to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was in town last weekend for a charity event, about the injury report.

"I have tremendous respect for commissioner Goodell, and we have talked on the phone many times about different things," Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference. "I have the utmost respect for him, I really do, I think he's doing a great job. He did not ask me about that other thing, and I guess he's not going to now. But I'm probably going to stay out of that conversation from here on out."

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