The NFL changed it’s injury report classifications this offseason by eliminating the “probable” designation in favor of having only “questionable,” “doubtful” and “out” as options for players with injury concerns.
With the first game of the season kicking off on Thursday night, we’re getting our first chance to see how teams fill out those injury reports under the new system. The Panthers have released their report ahead of their trip to Denver and they’ve listed safety Dean Marlowe as doubtful while defensive tackle Vernon Butler and linebacker A.J. Klein are questionable.
There’s been some thought that the new designations will provide more cover for teams that want to keep opponents (to say nothing of gamblers and fantasy football players) guessing about their status. The practice reports for the week offer some hint about what players did in practice — Marlowe has been limited by a hamstring injury while Butler (hand) and Klein (back) have been full the last two days — although the wide range provided by the limited designation makes that less than a sure thing.