NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined NFL Network’s Total Access on Wednesday, chatting with Rich Eisen about the fines handed down against the Jets for violating the league’s rules for reporting injuries. The league office levied $125,000 in fines on the Jets, GM Mike Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini for failing to list then-quarterback Brett Favre on the team’s injury report over the final month of the 2008 season. Favre was playing with a torn biceps tendon.
Goodell was asked if Wednesday’s decision served as a warning to teams across the league.
“This is an important rule to the integrity of the game,” Goodell said on the ruling. ”All clubs are following the rule. And if someone violates it, we will discipline as we did with the Jets today.”
Goodell also noted that all 32 teams were sent a memorandum on the topic, “making sure they understand the importance of this.”