DENVER -- The NFL is investigating whether Denver coach Mike
Shanahan broke a rule when he lied about quarterback Jake Plummer's
injury in a victory at San Diego.
The Broncos initially said Plummer sustained a concussion in the
second quarter of Sunday's 37-13 win over the Chargers. After the
game, Shanahan announced his quarterback had a separated right
He said he lied because the Chargers would have had an advantage
if backup Steve Beuerlein got hurt and Plummer had to re-enter the
game. Denver carries just two quarterbacks.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league expects injury
information to be as accurate as possible.
Rules for reporting in-game injuries aren't as specific as
pregame injuries, which require a designation -- out, doubtful,
questionable and probable.
Shanahan could be fined if the league determines a rule was
Plummer was injured in the second quarter after throwing three
touchdown passes. He finished 9-of-13 for 94 yards, with no
Shanahan said Monday the quarterback could have gone in and
played the rest of the game.
"But we wouldn't have wanted to subject him to throwing the
football because he couldn't -- it was quite sore," Shanahan said.
``We didn't want the opposition to know that he couldn't throw the
football or they'd stack the line of scrimmage so we couldn't run
"To share with somebody that Jake has a separated shoulder and
could not throw and our quarterback goes down, we have a good
chance to lose the football game," he added.
The coach said he wasn't about to say anything that could help
"If somebody can game-plan me at halftime what we're going to
do against the opposition, that's ludicrous," Shanahan said.
"Now, if the rules change and they put something in, then I'll
have to change. Right now, at least in my judgment, there's no
rules like that."
Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe questions the authority of the
NFL in such cases.
"I think sometimes the NFL takes it too far," he said. "They
take advantage of the powers that they have. For all intents and
purposes, they are the governing body and they don't have to answer