The NFL fined the Rams $20,000 for failing to disclose Jackson's injury. St. Louis is the fourth team to be fined for a reporting violation this season.
The St. Louis Rams have been fined $20,000 by the NFL for failure to disclose running back Steven Jackson's Week 2 injury, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In the Rams' game against the Washington Redskins, it initially appeared Jackson had been benched by head coach Jeff Fisher. After the game, Fisher said that the benching was not disciplinary, but as a result of Jackson suffering a groin injury. No injury had been reported.
The Rams are the fourth team known to have been fined by the NFL for failing to properly disclose injuries, per Mike Florio of NBC's Pro Football Talk. Fines have also been handed down to the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. The NFL requires teams to notify the media when a player suffers an injury.
Jackson was the subject of significant speculation at the NFL trade deadline after the emergence of rookie running Daryl Richardson. Jackson was not traded, but no longer appears to be part of the organization's long-term plans. The Rams and Jackson reached an agreement to void his 2013 contract, making Jackson a free agent at the end of the season.