Matt Forte and Pernell McPhee didn’t travel to St. Louis for the Bears’ game against the Rams this weekend. Chicago told their opponents about the injuries, but they did not comply with NFL rules on properly notifying the media, and because of that, the NFL is “looking into” the matter, according to PFT.
From the report:
Telling the opposing team that a player has been downgraded to out isn’t good enough. The NFL’s policy requires that changes to the final injury report be disclosed to the “beat reporters, including the Associated Press, the televising network of your game, the Public Relations department of your opponent that weekend, and your respective Conference Football Communications Director.”
Since the Bears were up front and open with the Rams, there’s no argument to be made that this in any way gave the Bears a competitive advantage. Rather, the insistence that injury reports are disseminated as widely as possible is for gamblers to set the most accurate lines possible.
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