Going into this weekend, there were plenty of reported injuries that made it sound like a few teams could’ve been in some big trouble, possibly missing a big key to their playoff success. But how legitimate were these ‘big time’ injuries? Are they being over-reported to throw teams off?
Let’s start off with Big Ben. After last weeks game against Cincy, Roethlisberger was reportedly injured pretty badly, and he was listed as questionable all this week, even up ’till game time. From what the media was telling us, it sounded like there was a legitimate chance Ben might not have played, or he would at least be limited. He came out and said he hadn’t thrown all week, yet once game-time arrived, the Steelers announced Ben was active and would start.
Roethlisberger’s first throw went for 45 yards down the field. Well okay, he must have been just testing out the arm right? That’s what we thought, however, Big Ben ended up playing the entire game, and looking pretty sharp throughout; barely showing any struggle with his injured shoulder. He finished 24-37 with 339 yards. Didn’t seem to ‘limited’ to me. Even Broncos CB Aqib Talib said that Ben Roethlisberger was “faking his shoulder injury.” I don’t know if he was truly ‘faking’ it but the injury might have been less serious than previously reported.
Next there was Gronk. Basically out of nowhere in the middle of this past week, Gronk was reportedly sent to the hospital due to injuries to his back and knee. Like Roethlisberger, Gronk was also listed as questionable all week until finally being activated right before the game on Saturday. We also heard that Gronk would be limited and would be playing with “a lot of pain,” however he went out there come game-time and caught 2 TD’s and had 87 yards to lead the Patriots over the Chiefs.
So are NFL teams doing this on purpose? It seems as if it could be a way to throw opposing teams off in terms of creating a game strategy. If so, should it be allowed?
Maybe the NFL should look closer into this. Teams should not be allowed to report false injuries, or injuries that are not as serious as teams are saying. In all seriousness, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
However, can the NFL really prevent it? If a guy is injured, he’s injured. And if he so happens to be a tad bit healthier come game time, then so be it.
What do you think? Can the NFL prevent these over-reported injuries from being so wide-spread? If so, how? Leave a comment below.
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Kyle Hirshkind is the managing editor for Full Press Coverage's New York Jets channel. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kyle has been an avid Jets fan for 20+ years.