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Doug Farrar

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Fruits of Belichick's Tree

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What I find interesting about the current mini-wave of injury report shenanigans - from Kyle Orton's "upper extremity" injury against the Bears in the preseason (finger) to the whole Brett Favre bicep fiasco - is that the people involved all emanate from one central figure - Bill Belichick. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who took all of Belichick's negative methods without his success rate when he left for Denver in 2009, learned how to cloud the truth when it comes to injuries from the master, just as Eric Mangini did when he coached the Jets and had Favre as his quarterback.

Without knowing the specifics, I have a hard time believing that HIPAA, or any other privacy act, has anything to do with this. Belichick always seemed to be more interested in fooling the opposing team, or mocking the NFL, with his injury reports. Belichick once listed 15 players as probable on an injury report before a game against the Broncos - two players on the list, Troy Brown and Richard Seymour, didn't even travel with the team. And he's famous for listing Tom Brady as probably every week (shoulder) for years.

This is about subterfuge and gamesmanship, pure and simple. And whether the league wants to feign outrage or not, or Brett Favre wants to tattle on the big bad Jets or not, this will continue. Whenever you have the kind of hyper-competitive people you'll always find in the NFL, and there are advantages to be gained by skating on the thin edge of the rules, you'll have things like creative injury reports.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 20, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What a load of crap. The Holier-Than-Thou Jets are getting bitten by the rat they unleashed on the rest of their league. If you are going to moralize sanctimoniously about the Patriot's taping of signals, then the same rules have to apply to YOUR team, too. The Jets hid Brett Favre's injury for half a season. This was an intentional violation of NFL policy. The Jets are CHEATERS...

Posted by: jerkhoff | September 25, 2009 1:00 PM

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