Now that they are no longer with the team, two former New England Patriots are now willing to talk about a problem that they had with their old club.
Injury reports are meant to disclose any injury that a player is dealing with. Teams can be as specific as they want, and they can allegedly get away with filing false reports.
Former Patriots Brandon Spikes—now a member of the Buffalo Bills—and Aqib Talib—who signed with the Denver Broncos—both claim that New England put out false information regarding their injury situation, via ESPN.com's Mike Rodak.
The Bills linebacker talked about the past on Monday during a radio interview with WGR in Buffalo.
"I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that," Spikes said. "That was just a false report. That's just how things go there. Almost like what happened with [Aqib] Talib and his hip."
Spikes had a knee injury last season and was placed on injured reserve before the Patriots' first playoff game. It was originally reported as a mutual decision to put the linebacker on injured reserve, but Spikes' agent later denied that it was mutual.
On Wednesday, it was Talib's turn to talk about how the Patriots handled his injury last season:
The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven't had a hip problem since Tampa. The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury, but that's how they do things.
Two players speaking up about the issue is a troubling sign for the Patriots. NFL teams are required to provide accurate information regarding injuries. Providing false information may prevent the player from getting targeted during games, but it's not something that the league will take lightly.
Now that Spikes and Talib are no longer in New England, they are able to speak up. If these allegations are proven to be true, it could be costly for the Patriots.