- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Ravens don't believe they did anything wrong. The NFL says differently.
The NFL has fined the Ravens $20,000 for not listing safety Ed Reed on the team's injury report with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. After Reed revealed the injury on a Baltimore radio station, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there are plenty of players who have injuries just like Reed's and the team didn't report Reed because the injury didn't cause him to miss any time in practice or in games.
The league determined the Ravens were still in violation of the rules. "The Injury Report Policy states that, ‘All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game," the NFL said in a statement. "This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media."
I don't think the Ravens did anything wrong. On the same day Reed hinted that the right shoulder injury affected his play, he was seen throwing passes to teammates before practice. A player with a torn labrum probably should be resting the shoulder, not tossing the ball around. That makes me question whether the injury is really affecting his play.
I also don't agree with the amount of the fine. If the NFL believes the Ravens did something wrong, the league should make them pay much more. This is essentially a slap on the wrist. A $20,000 fine for an NFL team is like one of us getting docked $1 for doing something wrong at work. Is that really a deterrent going forward? This is the same amount the Bills got fined earlier this season for not disclosing Mario Williams' injury.
This isn't the first time that the Ravens and Harbaugh have been disciplined by the league. It was two years ago when the Ravens were forced to cancel an offseason camp after violating the collective bargaining agreement's offseason workout rules. The league determined the Ravens had broken the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills conducted at their offseason camps as well as the length of time spent by players at the team's facility.