Cornerback Richard Sherman legitimately had an injury last week, a hamstring issue that crept up in the Seahawks’ season opener at Green Bay and caused him to miss two practices before Sunday’s 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

But Sherman said he thinks there’s a somewhat illegitimate reason the NFL cares so much about publicizing the injuries of players with daily injury reports and designations each Friday stating what the odds are that a player will play.

“I guess from what I understand the rules are for gamblers, for Vegas to make sure the odds and everything are what they are supposed to be, which is apparently what the league is concerned about when talking about injuries and things like that,” Sherman said. “So maybe someone should look into that, because I thought we weren’t a gambling league or were against all of those things. But our injury report is specifically to make sure the gamblers get their odds right.”

Told that fantasy football also likely plays a role, Sherman enthusiastically agreed.