- Tee Higgins had a status of “healthy and active” according to some online sportsbooks.
- Higgins played only 10 snaps but sportsbooks wouldn’t allow bettors to keep betting.
WASHINGTON – In the world of legal sports betting, valid injury reports are as crucial as they come. Many believe sportsbooks, the NFL, or media robbed them after Sunday Night Football.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins had an active status. But, the star WR played 10 snaps before not seeing the field again.
He did not record a target.
Many reported his ankle injury all week – with Higgins limited in practice. Still, the third quarter announcement of him being questionable to return shocked the sports betting world.
Due to Higgins “healthy and active” status, NFL betting players are calling for refunds.
@FDSportsbook There has to be some accountability as far as reporting injuries for games.If we’re going to have legalized sports betting there needs to be 100% transparency.Tee Higgins deemed “Healthy & active” and NOT even playing this game!Absolute joke!@FDSportsbook
— Domer38👀🔴 (@domer38) October 10, 2022
The 100% transparency is something that comes into play. As the game unfolded, sportsbooks locked the option to bet on Tee Higgins props. This included any bets on the under.
If Tee Higgins is available for all the pregame over bets cause he's not on the injury list, he should be available for all the in-game under bets if he's still not ruled out from injury. NFL gambling at its finest…
— David Shaffer (@dshaf131) October 10, 2022
High Profile Case
Bettors losing happens all the time and injuries are often a grey area. But with a high-profile player, the thoughts of how this affects sports betting make it a bigger issue.
With +150 odds to score a touchdown, Higgins’ over-under was set at 67.5 yards. This comes after three straight games of 70+ yards.
To compare, Ja’Marr Chase player props listed him at +120 to score a touchdown. His over-under was 71.5 receiving yards.
This makes Higgins a “must start” in most scenarios. A scenario going against the league’s worst pass defense is one of them.
More is likely to come from this situation, whether refunds or rule changes. At time of writing, there haven’t been reports of sportsbooks offering refunds.
Any rule changes may come by way of sportsbooks. The NFL already holds a strict policy, requiring teams to report injuries for practice, game statuses, and in-game.
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After spending time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant, Michael started writing focused on NBA content. A graduate of both schools, he now covers legal sports betting bills, sports betting revenue data, tennis betting odds, and sportsbook reviews. Michael likes to play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching midlevel tennis matches.