First-year head coach Mike Mularkey has informed his Jacksonville Jaguars players that he doesn’t want them discussing injuries in public. If players do discuss their injuries outside of the Jaguars facility, it could lead to a hefty, $10,000 dollar fine. Although NFL Players Association representative CB Rasheam Mathis told reporters that players have no issue with the possibility of being fined, the NFLPA has stated they are going to investigate the issue.
The Jaguars do have to disclose injuries to the league office for the weekly injury report, but that is all the information that the team wants released. Coach Mularkey told reporters that the Jaguars had submitted their new rule for players to the league office and the idea was approved. Teams are required to teach players the general NFL rulebook in training camp and then teams have the option of adding their own respective rules.
“There’s some rules that we apply as an organization, as a staff, as a training room, as an equipment room, as a weight room. We all have rules that we want players to abide by and all have fines attached to them. I told them I’m not here to fine them. I don’t want to be a coach to take your money. This is for people that just…I don’t think we have them in the locker room…that we have to address if we don’t do it the right way,” Mularkey told reporters.
While there was no direct reference to social media, one can expect that Mularkey was including references players make on Facebook and Twitter pages. The advancement of social media platforms has had professional and well as collegiate teams re-thinking team rules. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has banned his players from Twitter for the remainder of the Seminole’s football season.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis issued a ban on Twitter for his players during training camp in order to keep his players focused. Lewis issued the ban after CB Dre Kirkpatrick tweeted about a possible leg injury last week.