Saints head coach Sean Payton admitted that his team called out the Buccaneers on Thursday for leaving quarterback Josh Freeman off their injury report with a “minor” thumb injury, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Payton also admitted that “a little gamesmanship” was probably involved.
“Listen, I think when your quarterback’s on NFL Network with a splint on his thumb, normally he’s on the injury report,” said Payton, who later joked, “At least take the splint off before you go on NFL Network, right?”
The Saints informed the NFL that Freeman should have appeared on the injury report since he was clearly dealing with an injury, albeit minor. The NFL then proceeded to tell the Bucs to make the adjustment.