Well, the Ravens have taken the NFL’s criticism of their injury report to heart.
For this Sunday’s game at Cleveland, Baltimore’s first since being fined $20,000 for not listing Ed Reed’s torn labrum, the team put out a report that includes 19 names.
Wideout Jacoby Jones (foot), cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs), cornerback Chykie Brown (ankle), tight end Ed Dickson (hand), wideout Tandon Doss (illness), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hand), safety James Ihedigbo (hand), defensive tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), tackle Bryant McKinnie (thigh), tackle Michael Oher (ankle), tackle Kelechi Osemele (ankle), safety Bernard Pollard (chest), Reed (shoulder/chest), linebacker Terrell Suggs (ankle), defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (foot) and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are listed as probable.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed his displeasure with the fact that the NFL is encouraging teams to include a more thorough report rather than one that more accurately reflects which players are available to play.
“There’s no credence on the injury report now. It doesn’t mean anything. It has no value. The injury report is without value,” Harbaugh told reporters.
Harbaugh had much more to say on the matter.
“The league is sending a message. The league is letting us know what they expect on the injury report,” Harbaugh told reporters. “I’ll go back to the thing - the significance thing. ... But the way the thing is written, it says, ‘A player, if a player has practiced fully or played fully, and he has an injury and he’s a significant player and it affects his play, he should be on there.’
“Well, I think player safety is important for all the players. I’m going to say that every injury is significant, 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. So they can get mad at me if they want for saying that, but they need to write that a little more clearly, in our opinion. We will just put every guy on there that has a hangnail, and we’ll go from there.
“Aren’t there (health privacy) rights here? If I’m a player and I’ve been playing and I don’t want that on the injury report, and I’m told I have to be put on the injury report ... We have some players that resent that. So, yes, I have a problem with that, in all honesty.”
Harbaugh said he’d prefer the players have a say on whether they’re listed if they miss no time.
“If a guy goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice, doesn’t miss a game, and doesn’t want to be on the injury report, and we have to be on the injury report, I want the league’s answer on that,” Harbaugh told reporters. “I’m looking forward to hearing that. So, I’ll probably be getting fined for that now.”