According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told his players that if they talk to the media about injuries, they’ll be fined $10,000.
“They saw a lot of numbers last night,” Mularkey said, per Ganguli. “One of them, it was up there more than once, was about speaking about injuries. [Head trainer] Mike Ryan talked about it, I had it up there more than once. Coordinators were told prior to that meeting every two weeks, two to three weeks I want you to stand in front of that room and tell them we’re not going to talk about injuries. Even if mom says, ‘How are you feeling?’ If you tell you mom, go call coach Mularkey. I’m going overboard.”
Mularkey explained why he’s limiting what his players can say.
“Anything I know about a guy, anything I know is hurting on him, any comment he makes will play into how they attack a team or a position,” Mularkey said. “I just don’t think it’s anybody else’s business. … If I feel like it’s going to jeopardize us or compromise us, I will not talk about specific injuries. Right now we’re really not in a position where I don’t feel free to talk about them because I feel pretty good about our team right now. But I will be the only voice.”
I really wonder if the Jags can fine their players for talking about injuries. It will be interesting to see if the NFL has anything to say about this.