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NFL mum on Spikes, Talib accusations against the Patriots.

  • Jim Racalto

Recently, former New England Patriots players Brandon Spikes and Aqib Talib came out and publicly accused the Patriots of lying about injuries.

Spikes claims he was placed on injured reserve when it wasn’t needed and he could have played, and Talib claims his reported hip injury was actually a quad injury. Two allegations by former players usually would be enough for the NFL to shine a dim light on the situation, but it doesn’t appear that’s going to happen.


I imagine this is the face Belichick is making at the NFL regarding this situation. (Credit:

On several past occasions, the league has said it would be more in-depth exploring injury report violations. The whole injury report procedure is to inform opposing coaches of their opponents’ injuries, and to also make sure there is no inside information to be had by gamblers. It is possible that sometimes the whole truth isn’t given on these injury reports, in case someone decides to pass along this information to people who shouldn’t have it.

The fact that the Patriots are involved in these accusations also makes the league wary, especially after all the SpyGate evidence was destroyed rather swiftly, and Bill Belichick threatened to expose league-wide cheating if the NFL bothered the Patriots again.

Either way, the league doesn’t want to concede that the injury report procedure is flawed, or they don’t want to have to deal with Belichick. Those two reasons are good enough for nothing to publicly come of the allegations by Spikes and Talib, so look for this situation to simmer down relatively quickly.

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