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From PFT's rumor mill:

Jack DelRio seems to think he can get away with coopting the press to float his propaganda. My question is this: Is there a male escort dishing up softballs to Jackie?


One thing that the NFL doesn't mess with is the reporting of injuries. Aimed at ensuring that everyone has full access to accurate and complete injury information -- and thus eliminating, in theory, the temptation for professional gamblers to sniff around players or team officials in an effort to score some inside information -- the league office instituted more comprehensive guidelines last year.

In 2003, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan got his knuckles rapped for fibbing about quarterback Jake Plummer's health during a halftime interview, in order to conceal a dislocated shoulder. In the wake of the incident, the league promised to impose discipline on any team or coach who lies about injuries in the future.

The future, it seems, is now.

Earlier this week, Jaguars running back Fred Taylor said that the knee injury he suffered against the Packers in December 2004 was far worse than reported by the team. Taylor now claims that he suffered a torn MCL and PCL, and that the team kept the severity of the injury "under wraps."

How far under wraps? On Friday, a reader dredged up a story regarding Taylor's condition for the game following the injury.

Six days after the injury, The Florida Times-Union reported that Taylor had a sprained MCL.

"Taylor remains questionable on the injury report, meaning he officially has a 50-50 chance to play," wrote Bart Hubbuch. "But Taylor and coach Jack Del Rio -- who had expressed optimism early in the week about Taylor's availability -- now say the veteran runner's status will be a game-time decision."

Said Del Rio at the time: "We'll take another look at him Sunday before we make a final determination. Other than that, I'm not going to speculate.''

If, as Taylor now claims, two of the ligaments in his knee were actually torn, the tears likely were revealed by an MRI conducted the day after he suffered the injury. Still, even Taylor was talking at the time as if he might play in a contest that was critical to the 8-6 Jaguars' playoff hopes: "I was a little sore after the game, and I didn't think it was that bad, but the MRI concerned me a little bit. . . . All I can say is, don't count me out. This is a huge, huge, huge game.''

The Jags, by the way, were shut out by the Texans, 21-0.

If Taylor's more recent comments are true, it looks like the organization engaged in a concerted effort to raise doubt regarding Taylor's availability, in the hopes that the Texans would account for Taylor's presence in crafting a defensive game plan. Regardless of whether such tactic is rooted in notions of football strategy, it's a violation of league rules.

It's not the first time the Jags were caught in a falsehood regarding player injury. Earlier in 2004, quarterback Byron Leftwich suffered a knee injury in the game before the team's bye week. The team lied about it at first, but 'fessed up before the next injury report was due.

This time around, the truth came out after the injury reports were filed. Thus, the NFL seems to have ample ammunition to take action.

The only question at this point is whether it will."

Far and away from the sound and the fury. . .

June 26th, 2005, 5:33 pm
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