October 7, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is helped off the field after being injured against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Redskins Face 'Hefty Fine' For Failure To Disclose Robert Griffin III's Concussion

The Washington Redskins tried to be a little tricky last week when reporting Robert Griffin III’s injury during the game. Instead of reporting that Griffin was being observed for a possible concussion, the Redskins simply stated that their first-round pick was “shaken up.”

The NFL doesn’t take kindly to team’s being less than completely honest when it comes to injury reports and the Redskins could be facing a fine for their failure to report the rookie signal-callers concussion.

FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer reports that the Redskins are facing a “hefty fine” for their failure to disclose the concussion.

The league is very serious about head injuries and the Redskins punishment is deserved for trying to avoid reporting the injury. There is no word on how much the fine could be but it seems that it will be a large sum.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

    I am in complete agreement – concussions have to be taken seriously. My issue with this is the fact that such acute diagnoses are required so quickly after an injury. At the time, that the “shaken up” tag was announced in the press box, concussion tests were still being undertaken. It’s the same with other injuries too – there’s always an expectation from the media that teams make declarations about injuries the second they happen which for my mind is completely absurd. In the case of a concussion-type injury, declaring an injury a concussion immediately puts into motion the league’s concussion procedures which can have serious repercussions for a player’s availability. I believe the league needs to put in place better procedures for the reporting of injuries and in particular for the reporting of head injuries. I’ll bet that when most teams first announce a “possible concussion” they don’t actually know whether or not this is correct but are guessing based on initial assessments much as they do for ACL tears and such. Just a thought…

    That said – the Redskins MUST be fined and fined heavily. They tried to circumvent the system and while the system may be flawed it is the law of the league and that law must not only be obeyed but the instigation of the law must not be impeded as certain people involved in Bountygate have found.