Free safety Ed Reed’s admission that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder hasn’t hurt the Ravens greatly on the field, but it could hit the organization in the wallet.
That’s because the NFL announced Friday that it had fined the Buffalo Bills $20,000 for violating the league’s policy on reporting injury information.
Specifically, Buffalo had not listed defensive end Mario Williams on its injury reports despite his public revelation on Oct. 3 that he had been playing with a sprained wrist. Although the injury had not prevented Williams from playing in games and participating in practices, the NFL ruled that his injury should have been disclosed.
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That doesn’t appear to bode well for the Ravens after Reed told a 105.7 The Fan Wednesday night that he has a torn labrum in shoulder – a development first noted by Pro Football Talk. Reed has not been listed on the team’s injury reports.
The league confirmed Friday that it was investigating the matter, and the Ravens said in a statement that it was “aware that they are reviewing practice and game video.” Coach John Harbaugh maintained that the team has “probably 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.”
But for now, it appears that the NFL has set a precedent with the decision against the Bills, and the Ravens could be next to get a certain letter in the mail.