In professional sports, withholding information about a player’s personal injury is a common standard. If a player’s injury is announced, opposing teams prepare for how the team plays with the player injured versus how the team would play if he were healthy.
To combat this potential disadvantage, Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Mike Mularkey is fining any player who speaks of their own injuries $10,000. He even joked that players could not tell their moms how they were feeling. Many NFL fans and others involved in the NFL may believe Mularkey’s rule is ridiculous but personally, I do not blame him for his approach. Announcing injuries before the league-mandated timeline gives opponents extra time to prepare for alternate scenarios and in the NFL, a lot of what happens on the field is directly related to not only talent, but preparation.