O’Shea not ready to offer opinion on CFL’s new NFL-style injury reporting

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea doesn’t have much to say at this time regarding the CFL’s new NFL-style injury reporting.

“I imagine I might have something to say about that — positively or whatever — come the first game of the season,” said O’Shea in a videoconference. “Right now we’re so embroiled in making sure camp runs smoothly and along the lines of the protocols that we’re not even thinking about that right now.

“It’ll be something that we look at and figure out closer to the day that we need to give our first report, I guess, but right now I haven’t even looked at it.”

The CFL will reportedly require its teams to issue NFL-style injury reports in 2021, which is a new initiative for the league. Teams won’t be able to mislead their opponents anymore, having to disclose how much players practiced through the week, what is ailing them, and the chances that they will play in an upcoming game.

This new initiative is designed to provide more transparency to the league’s fans, bettors, and fantasy players. After all, it’s unreasonable to expect people to place bets on games if they can’t be confident they know which players are going to be on the field.

There has been a positive response to the league’s decision to revamp injury reporting, though we’ll have to wait until the first week of the regular season to hear O’Shea’s opinion on the matter.

The Grey Cup-winning head coach and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame told the media last week that Andrew Harris left practice to attend an appointment. The star running back has yet to return to practice, which is a strong indication that he’s actually dealing with a minor injury the team is choosing not to disclose.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers open the 2021 CFL season at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday, August 5 at IG Field.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.