A few of you might have forgotten the story of Jalen Hurts “flu recreation” from earlier this season. There was some controversy about that week 3 Monday night time soccer recreation, as a result of that information was not on the Philadelphia Eagles’ damage report. As a substitute, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported it at halftime. Sunday introduced us a repeat through which Bijan Robinson was sick on Sunday and the Atlanta Falcons didn’t make that data public after they revealed their inactive listing.
A giant distinction in these conditions is that Hurts took each second of the Eagles’ 25-11 victory towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Robinson performed simply six snaps within the first half towards the Falcons’ Week 7, 16-13 win towards the Bucs, and his solely carry got here within the fourth quarter. He stated after the sport that he was experiencing a headache that began on Saturday night.
The primary query requested of Falcons head coach Arthur Smith throughout his post-game press convention was about Robinson’s well being. He claimed they observed Robinson was not feeling nicely simply earlier than the beginning of the sport.
“As we obtained by warmups, I did not really feel like myself early on,” Smith stated to the media after the Falcons’ 16-13 win towards the Buccaneers. “So he performed, however we weren’t going to overdo it. Simply watch out… when you’ve got different guys that may go, you realize, we’re a group.”
Smith’s rationalization actually will not fulfill Falcons followers, fantasy soccer gamers with Robinson on their roster, or bettors who wager actual dwell cash on the efficiency of Robinson and the Falcons. These teams don’t have any authority over the Falcons, in contrast to the NFL league workplace, which is nicely conscious of how a lot playing and fantasy sports activities imply to the league’s recognition. PFT’s Mike Florio was briefed after the Eagles’ Week 2 win “until gamers have missed coaching or can be restricted in any means,” they don’t have to be included within the damage report.
Technically, Hurts wasn’t restricted in Week 2. He could have performed by discomfort, however nothing saved him off the sector at any level. Nevertheless, the Falcons could have some inquiries to reply.
Robinson went by warm-ups and spent the complete recreation in full uniform, however was used sparingly. That appears to be the definition of restricted. In a world the place playing is now largely authorized and the place Jimmy “The Greek” was featured on NFL broadcasts a long time in the past whereas additionally writing sports activities betting columns, groups should at all times be clear about participant availability.
A serious motive why groups should present this data is to stop even distant whispers concerning the integrity of the sport downside. The unfold on Sunday’s recreation was -3.5 Buccaneers. Saying that Robinson was sick would possible have resulted in a flurry of late betting. Now that this data is being withheld from the general public, a respectable query is: why?
Robinson and Smith answered why the operating again was restricted on Sunday, however not till after the sport. Robinson stated he was sick upon getting into Raymond James Stadium. There was loads of time for that data to get out on the Falcons’ inactive listing. All they needed to say was that Robinson wasn’t feeling nicely, and that they’d determine how a lot he would play after the warm-up.
As a substitute, all social media was buzzing about Robinson not getting the ball. The league ought to undoubtedly examine why his situation wasn’t reported sooner, no less than for look’s sake.