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Very interesting article on PFT.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/02/john-harbaugh-tees-off-in-nfls-injury-reporting-rules/

Here's some of the particularly interesting sections:

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“The way the thing is written, it says 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 it should be on there,” Harbaugh said.  ‘Well, I think player safety’s important for all the players.  I’m gonna say that every injury is significant, if that’s how they want to word it.   So I’m not gonna go with the league saying that one player is more significant than another player.  That’s absurd to me.  So they can get mad if they want for saying that, but they need to write that a little more clearly in our opinion.  We’ll just put every guy that has a hangnail, and we’ll go from there.”
 
Harbaugh wasn’t done.  He cut off a reporter mid-question and continued with his observations, which have plenty of merit.
 
“Here’s the other thing about that,” Harbaugh said, pointing out that he was ignoring for the second time the body language of team P.R. guru Kevin Byrne.  “Aren’t there HIPAA rights here?  I mean, if I’m a player and I’ve been playing 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’ve got a problem with that, in all honesty.”
 
Of course, the problem arose only because Reed saw fit to talk publicly about an injury that hadn’t been disclosed by the Ravens.  So the message for the Ravens and every other team is that it’s important to get your ducks in a row regarding which guys do and which guys don’t want to be on the injury report — if you’re going to try to conceal injuries.
 
“If a guy goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice, doesn’t miss a game, and doesn’t wanna 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.  So I’ll probably get fined for that now.”

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Re: John Harbaugh lashes out against NFL injury reporting requirements
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 10:57:39 AM »
Yes, do we need to report every hang nail a player has?  I see what Harbaugh is saying.  Let's talk about the thigh injury Rodgers has.  If a team knows an elite player like him has an injury they just might go after that weak spot with a little more aggression than they normally would.  This isn't a bounty thing either.

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Re: John Harbaugh lashes out against NFL injury reporting requirements
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2012, 01:49:56 PM »
The point that really got me was the one about HIPAA rights.  I don't think the NFL has the right to compel a player or team to disclose an injury, and I don't believe a union can waive an individual's HIPAA rights.

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Re: John Harbaugh lashes out against NFL injury reporting requirements
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2012, 07:13:05 PM »
Can't really disagree with anything he said.

I've always thought the injury report was kind of joke.  There is no way all 32 teams are consistent with each other when releasing them.