Former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, who signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Denver Broncos Wednesday morning, said he never had a hip injury this past season despite being listed on the Patriots injury report as having one.
“That was in Tampa, that was the right side. I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. “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.”
Teams can be fined by the NFL if an injury report has been manipulated or an injured player was omitted.
Talib missed three games this past season, and was asked Wednesday about his overall health.
“At 28, I still feel good, I still can do standing backflips and stuff like that, so I feel like I’m in pretty good shape,” Talib said. “The injury in the AFC championship, it was just a deep bone bruise. It just swelled up a lot, but no damage, really. It was just a real deep bruise. I just had to do the ice and get my motion back and things like that. It’s perfectly fine now. I’ve been back working out and it’s perfectly fine.”
In 2012, the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins were each fined $20,000 for violating the NFL’s policy on reporting injuries.