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Floyd Reese
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Floyd Reese

Former Titans GM, NFL Analyst for ESPN

A Conflict of Information


The league has rules, and every team is obligated to announce injuries and try to label them. That was always the toughest part, labeling them. You could go to the trainer on Monday and ask if a guy is going to play, and he'd say it's 50-50. Then Tuesday, it would be 60-40. You might ask the trainer and get one answer and ask the doctor and get another.

It's hard for a team to manipulate that system. I remember we got fined once because on a Friday, Steve McNair got the flu. We were told it was just a 24-hour thing and, sure enough, he showed up on Saturday and played Sunday. We didn't report it. And even though he played, the league got mad and we got fined.

A club isn't required to give out any more information than the league mandates. I think teams go out of their way to go through the process properly from the league standpoint. Now, how much further information you get--there aren't too many teams that say, "Well, this guy is listed as questionable but, really, we don't think he's going to play." You just don't hear that.

By Floyd Reese  |  October 22, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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