By Tony Softli

Week three in the NFL is a Pivitol point for all NFL clubs for several reasons.  Teams that stand 2-0 are looking and feeling good!  Teams that used week two to get to .500 are taking a deep breath of relief.  But for those clubs sitting at 0-2 and fighting for their lives they need better preparation throughout the week, game time passion/desire and a lot of luck in playing flawless football because their personnel, most likely wont change.

When I became the V.P. of Personnel for the St. Louis Rams in 2006 I was presented a book during Christmas gift swap among my staff, its title Interference by Dan E. Moldea.  If you want a great read on the NFL and its start up history, ownership, merger, Commissioners and corruption with links to organized crime per Dan E. Moldea this is a must read!

Richard Sherman twitted out that the injury report is for the gamblers, he is partially right! I grabbed my book (hard back that is 2 inches thick) off my office book shelf and flipped through the pages to refresh my memory of the Moldea research, and found myself reading it for a second time…LOL!

He covered owner death and family members that took over club ownership & operations and in many cases the team moved. The mention of owners connected with organized crime and gambling, drug use with variables that tied players to bookies, his investigation of NFL security and those they hired from federal, state and local agencies like former FBI agents, Police Chiefs, DEA agents and Bookies.  Trust me its good stuff!

As stated in the book and some research of my own, in 1960 Pete Rozelle was named NFL Commissioner while holding the title of G.M. for the Los Angles Rams.  Rozelle implemented Revenue-Sharing among the NFL owners and brokered TV deals and the future success of the NFL.

The 1960 probe by Commissioner Rozelle on the Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers due to a drastic change in the point spread and betting line.  As the week progressed Pittsburgh was favored by 7 points and within a few days it flipped to 1 point.  According to Moldea the game was taken off the betting boards.  The game ended in a tie 27-27 which was played in Washington D.C.  Steelers Bobby Layne had injured his throwing arm the week prior and a photographer published a photo of Layne being injured, which sent the point spread tumbling.

Former Commissioner Bert Bell who informally initiated a “Injury Report” for all NFL teams, Rozelle made it an NFL law.  The Injury report falls under three categories: 1.  Practice Report 2. Game Status Report 3. In-Game Injury Report. The NFL provides this information for the Media, opposing NFL clubs and the public which includes gamblers.

Injury Report Information courtesy of NFL Communications, Operations and NFL Media:

The Practice Report is expected to provide clubs and the public an accurate description of a
player’s injury status and his level of participation during the practice week. All players who
have significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the Practice Report, even if the player
takes all the reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming
game. This is especially true of key players and those players whose injuries have been
covered extensively by the media.

A player who (A) misses a game due to injury, or (B) does not finish a game due to injury, or
(C) suffers a significant or noteworthy injury without missing or failing to finish a game must be
included on the Practice Report each day of the following week (i.e. for a Sunday game, he
must be listed on the Practice Report on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). If a team has a
bye the following week, the player must be listed on the Practice Report in the week preceding
the team’s next game.

Clubs are required to report their players’ practice participation according to the following
schedule:

Thursday Game – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Saturday Game – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Sunday Game – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Monday Game – Thursday, Friday, Saturday

A list of players who did not participate or fully participate in practice, either due to injury or for
any other reason, must be submitted to the league office on the designated reporting days no
later than 4:00 p.m. New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice).
Injuries must be identified with a reasonable degree of specificity in terms that are meaningful
to coaches, other club officials, the media, and the public. For example, leg injuries must be
specified as ankle, knee, thigh or calf. Arm injuries must be identified as a shoulder, elbow,
wrist, hand, or muscle injury. Listing an injury simply as “leg,” “arm,” “upper body,” or other
equally vague description, is not acceptable.

Particular attention must be paid to the submission of Practice Reports for key players such as
quarterbacks, kickers and punters. The report must indicate “left” or “right” if the injury is to
the arm or the hand of a quarterback or to the leg or foot of a kicker or punter. Please use the
designation on the NFL Intranet site to enter this information.

Please note that the Practice Report’s participation categories have changed. The
prior designation “Out” has been eliminated to avoid confusion between information provided in
the club’s Practice Report and its Game Status Report. In addition, the nomenclature for the
remaining three categories has been shortened as indicated and defined below:

DNP – Did Not Participate
LP – Limited Participation: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
Full – Full Participation: means 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions. In general,
this category should be used for players who missed or could not complete the prior
game due to injury but have returned to participate fully in practice the following week.

NFL releases this information and is driven, so NFL Security can check betting lines, odds makers movement for possible fixes on a single game or team issues.  This is not low cost entertainment, yes the injury report aids a huge business involving 20-25 billion or more in legal betting every year, the information helps odd makers and bookies narrow the gap with precise information on a teams injuries but more importantly the key individual play-makers which draws the gamblers in.

 USA TODAY Sports The $1.9 billion project never would have made it through the state legislature – or attracted the Oakland Raiders – without the support of the gambling industry, according to experts and the legislative record.

“The industry has been instrumental in the project,” said Jeremy Aguero, an analyst who works for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, the stadium’s landlord.

After it opens, the Raiders also might not fulfill their potential there without even more of its support, possibly forcing the league to change its longtime anti-gambling policies purely out of business necessity, experts told USA TODAY Sports. The National Hockey League is adding a team in Vegas this year and said it’s already changed one key gambling policy to reflect its new “market reality.”

In stadium betting the next possibility for the NFL, we will see.

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS on Thursday night

LOS ANGELES RAMS (Los Angeles did not conduct a practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)

 

Status Report

QUESTIONABLE                RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring), TE Gerald Everett (thigh), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Monday               RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring), TE Gerald Everett (thigh), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)

Tuesday               RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)

Wednesday        RB Malcolm Brown (hamstring), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Tuesday               TE Gerald Everett (thigh)

Wednesday        TE Gerald Everett (thigh)

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (San Francisco did not conduct a practice on Monday and conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Monday and Wednesday practice reports are estimations.)

 

Status Report

OUT       LB Reuben Foster (ankle), S Eric Reid (knee)

 

QUESTIONABLE                LB Eli Harold (foot), TE George Kittle (hip), S Jaquiski Tartt (neck), S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Monday               LB Reuben Foster (ankle), TE George Kittle (hip), S Eric Reid (knee), S Jaquiski Tartt (neck)

Tuesday               LB Reuben Foster (ankle), S Eric Reid (knee)

Wednesday        LB Reuben Foster (ankle), S Eric Reid (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Monday               S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Tuesday               TE George Kittle (hip), S Jaquiski Tartt (neck), S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Wednesday        LB Eli Harold (foot), TE George Kittle (hip), S Jaquiski Tartt (neck), S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

 

 

 

ATLANTA FALCONS at DETROIT LIONS

ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Vic Beasley (hamstring), T Ryan Schraeder (concussion), DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        RB Brian Hill (ankle)

 

DETROIT LIONS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Jarrad Davis (concussion), C Travis Swanson (ankle), RB Dwayne Washington (quadricep), S Tavon Wilson (shoulder)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), G Joe Dahl (lower leg)

 

 

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

BALTIMORE RAVENS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Michael Campanaro (ankle), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), RB Terrance West (calf), DT Brandon Williams (foot), TE Maxx Williams (ankle)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Anthony Levine (chest)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Za’Darius Smith (knee, ankle)

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), C Brandon Linder (knee), LB Lerentee McCray (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT Malik Jackson (groin), CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle), WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        QB Blake Bortles (right wrist), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder)

 

 

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        TE Tyler Eifert (back), G Trey Hopkins (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT Geno Atkins (shoulder), T Jake Fisher (illness), DE Michael Johnson (concussion, stinger), T Cedric Ogbuehi (illness), WR John Ross (illness)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT Pat Sims (elbow)

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T David Bakhtiari (hamstring), S Kentrell Brice (groin), WR Randall Cobb (chest), DT Mike Daniels (hip), CB Davon House (quadricep), LB Nick Perry (hand), LB Jake Ryan (hamstring, concussion), T Jason Spriggs (hamstring)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT Montravius Adams (foot), LB Ahmad Brooks (concussion), T Bryan Bulaga (ankle), G Jahri Evans (groin), WR Jordy Nelson (quadricep)

 

 

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Sammie Coates (hamstring), LB Jamie Collins (concussion), DE Myles Garrett (ankle), T Joe Thomas (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT T.Y. McGill (back)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Kenny Britt (knee), TE Randall Telfer (knee), G Kevin Zeitler (thumb)

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        C Ryan Kelly (foot), QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder), WR Chester Rogers (hamstring), LB Anthony Walker (hamstring), TE Brandon Williams (calf), CB Quincy Wilson (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Kamar Aiken (hip), LB Tarell Basham (heat exhaustion), S Darius Butler (hamstring), CB Vontae Davis (groin), RB Marlon Mack (shoulder), CB Chris Milton (hamstring)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Antonio Morrison (elbow)

 

 

 

DENVER BRONCOS at BUFFALO BILLS

DENVER BRONCOS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Garett Bolles (lower leg), RB Jamaal Charles (not injury related), WR Bennie Fowler (concussion), CB Brendan Langley (knee), QB Paxton Lynch (right shoulder), CB Bradley Roby (ankle), CB Aqib Talib (not injury related)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        TE Jeff Heuerman (shoulder), LB Von Miller (knee), S Darian Stewart (groin), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring)

 

BUFFALO BILLS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Lorenzo Alexander (not injury related), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), T Cordy Glenn (ankle, foot), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (not injury related), DT Jerel Worthy (concussion)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring), LB Matt Milano (hamstring)

 

 

 

HOUSTON TEXANS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

HOUSTON TEXANS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        G Jeff Allen (ankle), CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        TE Stephen Anderson (concussion), RB Alfred Blue (ankle), WR Will Fuller (shoulder), CB Johnathan Joseph (shoulder), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee), DE J.J. Watt (finger)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Marcus Burley (knee), T Chris Clark (wrist), WR Bruce Ellington (concussion), TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        RB Rex Burkhead (ribs), T Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion), TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (thumb), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Matt Slater (hamstring), DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

 

 

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        C Mitch Morse (foot)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        G Parker Ehinger (knee), LB Dee Ford (shoulder), LB Reggie Ragland (knee)

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

 

Practice Report

Wednesday        Practice Not Complete

 

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS at NEW YORK JETS

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        RB Jay Ajayi (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), DT Jordan Phillips (ankle)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR DeVante Parker (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip), RB Damien Williams (rib)

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Robby Anderson (knee), LB Freddie Bishop (ankle), C Jonotthan Harrison (concussion), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), TE Neal Sterling (ankle), TE Eric Tomlinson (elbow), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder), G Brian Winters (abdomen)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Rontez Miles (eye)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Kelvin Beachum (knee), G James Carpenter (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (ankle), RB Matt Forte (knee), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), DE Leonard Williams (wrist)

 

 

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at CAROLINA PANTHERS

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Terron Armstead (shoulder), CB Marshon Lattimore (concussion), CB Sterling Moore (chest), T Zach Strief (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DE Trey Hendrickson (knee)

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), C Ryan Kalil (neck), DE Julius Peppers (not injury related), CB Daryl Worley (knee)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), LB Jeremy Cash (calf), QB Cam Newton (right shoulder, ankle)

 

 

 

NEW YORK GIANTS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB B.J. Goodson (shin), T Bobby Hart (ankle), CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Odell Beckham (ankle), TE Evan Engram (concussion), LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Ronald Darby (ankle), S Corey Graham (hamstring), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist), S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Najee Goode (forearm), DE Brandon Graham (triceps), CB Jalen Mills (thumb)

 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at CHICAGO BEARS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), TE Jesse James (ankle), C Maurkice Pouncey (illness), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Bud Dupree (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps), LB T.J. Watt (groin)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Jerald Hawkins (knee), S J.J. Wilcox (concussion)

 

CHICAGO BEARS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        T Tom Compton (hip), QB Mark Sanchez (neck), G Josh Sitton (ribs)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), DE Akiem Hicks (shoulder), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), G Kyle Long (ankle), WR Kendall Wright (shoulder)

 

 

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at TENNESSEE TITANS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

Practice Report

Wednesday        Practice Not Complete

 

TENNESSEE TITANS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring), WR Corey Davis (hamstring), RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring), LB Erik Walden (groin)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Tye Smith (hand)

 

 

 

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring), DT Chris Baker (illness), DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), DE Jacquies Smith (illness)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Brent Grimes (shoulder)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Devante Bond (knee)

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

Practice Report

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        LB Anthony Barr (hamstring), QB Sam Bradford (knee)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        CB Mackensie Alexander (wrist), C Pat Elflein (ankle), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip)

 

 

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS at WASHINGTON REDSKINS on Sunday night

OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

Practice Report

Wednesday        Practice Not Complete

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

 

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        TE Jordan Reed (rib, sternum)

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        S Deshazor Everett (knee), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (rib), T Morgan Moses (ankle, shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder)

 

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday        WR Josh Doctson (hamstring), C Spencer Long (knee), RB Chris Thompson (back)

 

Data provided by NFL Communications & NFL Media