Now that the Baltimore Ravens have been fined $20,000 for not properly reporting injuries, head coach John Harbaugh made it clear that he isn’t a fan of the NFL’s mandate that each team must submit a list of injuries to the league each and every week.
“There’s no credence on the injury report now,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “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,” Harbaugh said. “I’m looking forward to hearing that.”
Harbaugh claims that it comes down to whether an injury is significant or not. He believes some aren’t worth reporting.
“I’ll go back to the significance thing. The way the thing is written, it says, ‘if a player has practiced fully or played fully and he has an injury and he is a significant player and it affects his play, then he should be on there.’ Well, I think player safety is important for all of the players. I’m going to say that every injury is significant,” Harbaugh said. “If that’s how they want to word it, I’m not going to go with the league saying that one player is more significant than another player. That’s absurd to me. They can get mad at me if they want for saying that, but they need to write that a little more clearly. We’ll just put every guy on there that has a hangnail and go from there.”
Harbaugh wonders if the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) factors into it what the NFL is requiring. The HIPAA Privacy Rule is meant to protect the privacy of certain personal health information.
“Aren’t there HIPAA rights here?,” Harbaugh asked. “If I’m a player and I’ve been out there playing and I don’t want that on the injury report and I’m told I have to put that on the injury report, we’ve got some players that resent that. So yeah, I got a problem with that in all honesty.”
Like Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Harbaugh says he’s going to report every little injury his players suffer.
“Bill figured it out way before the rest of us did. His injury report is that long. It’s been that way for years,” Harbaugh said. “We tried to do it the other way and be straightforward with our injury report and we got fined for it. So we’re moving on.”
I understand what Harbuagh is saying, but if a guy is injured it should be on the report. That’s just the way it works. Not sure why he’s really all worked up.