Does anyone have any insight on RR's rules regarding missing practice/injuries/playing time?
It appears he has an old school mantra if you don't practice all week you can't play, based on some personnel decisions this year. It seems that borderline guys never play. I must say he has perplexed me all year with his "this guy might play or he should be good to go and then not play". He seems right out of the B. Bellichick school of injury reporting.
The Mike Martin saga really perplexes me. If there is one guy on the team that has earned the right to not practice and then try to gut it out in the games it is Martin. If the reports of an ankle sprain are true you would think they would try to rest the ankle all week and then see if they could tape it and let him play. Then we hear he practiced fully on Tuesday. If he practiced fully on Tuesday I would think he is guaranteed to play, but I think we heard the same thing last week and he didn't play. If his ankle is still in bad shape why is he practicing fully?
Shaw this year was another weird one. If they are good enough to play a little than play them. Shaw played sparingly early in the Illinois game then late in the game he played a bunch and looked great. Not sure if that is a way to build toughness telling the kids if they want to play you better not wiggle your way out of practice, but I must say it is perplexing.