Bill Belichick: ‘I don’t agree’ with assessment Patriots falsify injury reports
|03.25.14 at 11:08 am ET|
ORLANDO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick refuted the idea Tuesday that the Patriots have acted inappropriately when it comes to injury reports.
After they signed elsewhere as free agents this month, former Patriots Aqib Talib and Brandon Spikes both hinted that New England can play fast and loose with injury information. Spikes said the Patriots decision to put him on injured reserve at the end of the 2013 season was a ‘false report,’ and added ‘that’s just how things go’ in Foxboro when it comes to injuries.
As for Talib, he said he was listed with a hip injury, but in truth, it was a quad issue.
‘The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib said after signing with the Broncos. ‘The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury … but that’s how [the Patriots] do things.”
Asked Tuesday morning at the league meetings if the Patriots falsified injury reports, Belichick quickly replied.
“I don’t agree with that,” Belichick said. “No. Never.”