Sean Payton says Saints blew the whistle on Bucs

At least there were not a dozen or so players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game on the injury report.

That’s what happens in some NFL circles. But New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton admitted his team blew the whistle on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for not listing quarterback Josh Freeman on the injury report earlier in the week. The smoking gun? Freeman appeared on NFL Network for an interview and he had a splint on his thumb.

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, according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Late, Payton kidded, "At least take the splint off before you go on NFL Network, right?"

Per the report, the NFL instructed the Bucs to add Freeman to the injury report. The Bucs also added safety Tanard Jackson, who left the team’s last game against the Chicago Bears and did not return.

"It was probably a little gamesmanship," Payton said. "But you gotta list those guys, the same way we do."

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