Former PFT scribe Aaron Wilson has posted on his Twitter page that Ravens coach John Harbaugh has described the availability of three key Ravens for Monday night’s game against the Browns as “game-time decisions.”
As to two of the players, the decision apparently has already been made.
Harbaugh, per Wilson, gave the “game-time” label to linebacker Ray Lewis, cornerback Fabian Washington, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. But the official injury report indicates that both Lewis and Washington are probable.
Since the term “probable” as used in the injury reports means that there’s a virtual certainty the player will be available for normal duty, Harbaugh’s notion that the availability of Lewis or Washington would be determined on Monday night conflicts with the message sent by the team’s official declaration of their status.
As to Ngata, his status as questionable meshes with the “game-time decision” description, since “questionable” means that the player has a 50-percent chance of playing.
Regarding Lewis and Washington, the league will want an explanation if they don’t play, given that they are listed as probable. Given what Harbaugh has reportedly said, the league might want an explanation even soon than that.