New injury report creates plenty of questions, concerns

AP

The news that the NFL has eliminated the “probable” designation and expanded “questionable” and “doubtful” has sent shock waves through the football-following world — specifically those who follow football primarily for the purposes of playing fantasy football.

The real impact will depend on how teams handle players who previously would have been listed as “probable.” If those players are simply removed from the final report, that aspect of the new reporting rules won’t be an issue. For example, players who didn’t practice simply because they received a veteran’s day off previously were required to be listed as “probable.” Now, they’ll be gone from the last report of the week.

But if players who previously would have been listed as probable due to a slim chance that they wouldn’t play are now listed as questionable because they fall into the range that has expanded from a straight 50-50 to 99.5 all the way down to 50, it will be difficult to separate those “questionable” players who are highly likely to play and those who are truly “questionable.”

Likewise, with “doubtful” now increasing from 25 percent to the full range from 49.9 to 0.1, there’s a chance that far more players getting that designation will actually play. Which means that players who would have been written off in past years actually may now suit up and go, on a more regular basis.

The daily practice reports will help to solve the puzzle, but they won’t be dispositive. Especially since the league also has scrapped the “out” designation from the two reports that come before the final report of the week. So if a player doesn’t practice at all in the days preceding a game due to injury, he will be listed as “questionable,” “doubtful,” or “out” on the final report of the week.

Some teams may be tempted to list no players as “out,” which will add to the cluster of ambiguity regarding which players will actually play.

Here’s the bottom line: Teams inclined to play games with the injury report will have more opportunities for gamesmanship, and those who need to know who will and won’t be playing will possibly be kept guessing up until 90 minutes before kickoff. Which will do nothing to decrease the very real availability of the kind of inside information that gamblers and high-stakes fantasy-football players will crave. And they’ll surely try to come up with ways to get it.

Meanwhile, the ever-growing hoard of reporters who chase the details about who will and won’t be playing will have even more opportunity to pester their sources for the truth on whether a guy will be playing — along with more opportunities to whiff on whether the information provided is accurate.

21 responses to “New injury report creates plenty of questions, concerns

  1. For FF players simple, keep an eye on practice reports during the week and morning inactives. I know it sucks, but welcome to the moron Goodel’s NFL.

  2. The league makes billions every year from its normal operations.

    Now its making billions more from its shadow ownership of the daily fantasy gambling sites.

    Yet they still want taxpayers to pay for their buildings.

  3. Guess the Pats will have to find other ways to annoy the league, now that “Probable – QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)” can’t be used anymore.

  4. That is the problem with less information being publicly available. It makes more detailed information much more valuable and increasing the likelihood it will be traded.

  5. marima07 says:
    Aug 21, 2016 8:45 PM
    Guess the Pats will have to find other ways to annoy the league, now that “Probable – QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)” can’t be used anymore.
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    Which is really the only reason he did it. Under the strictest interpretation of the old rule if a player was either limited in practice OR received treatment he was required to be listed . The story goes years ago when he was HC in Cleveland he had his injury report called into question when a trainer gave a player a couple of quick stitches for a cut he got after he slipped on ice at home before coming to practice and didn’t bother to report it. So from that time forward if a player so much as got a bandaid for a hang nail he was listed on the report.

  6. So what about the investigation into the lack of disclosure regarding Andrew Luck’s broken ribs? If that were the Patriots Goodell would have banned BB for the remainder of the season!

  7. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, has the game of football fallen so far that we’re now discussing the impact of injury report designations on the world of fantasy draft leagues?
    I wonder how long before we just eliminate the actual playing of the game, and resort to virtual reality.

  8. This sounds like a terrible conspiracy theory, but I’ll just say it.

    This injury report change is just another way to gain more web hits on NFL.com and views of NFL Network. The league owns the reports and then presents them on their and network before anyone can get their hands on them.

    By having this “probable” designation removal, they get a frenetic increase of panicked bettors and fantasy players, and, ultimately, gain more traction to increase business.

  9. truehoosier62 says:
    Aug 21, 2016 10:05 PM
    Jesus, Mary and Joseph, has the game of football fallen so far that we’re now discussing the impact of injury report designations on the world of fantasy draft leagues?
    I wonder how long before we just eliminate the actual playing of the game, and resort to virtual reality.

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    Baffoon, this has little to do with FF and more to do with Transparency – if anything, a 4th designation should have been added somewhere between probable and questionable…these changes give the teams that do false report even more leeway in cheating.

  10. Meanwhile real football fans will not pay attention at all and watch the games, with the available players, when they come on and not worry about the rest of the media created drama because we’re not trying to make a quick buck off corporate controlled virtual reality.

    You people are ruining a great game.

  11. I have this horribly old fashioned attitude about this kind of thing : this is football, a hard nosed physical game played by incredible athletes who leave pieces of themselves all over the arenas where they play. The competition is as extreme, as immediate, and as real as it can get. That’s why I played it, that’s why I watch it.

    You want fantasy, watch some porn.

  12. As always, Belichick will have his team prepared for everyone on the opposing roster; most of the other 31 head coaches haven’t even figured out how to manage the 2 min clock and their time outs.

  13. Heck with it. Have every team report each player that missed practice and why. The rest is irrelevant.

  14. “The daily practice reports will help to solve the puzzle, but they won’t be dispositive. Especially since the league also has scrapped the “out” designation from the two reports that come before the final report of the week.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So a player with a broken neck can be listed as doubtful, or even questionable. for most of the week? That’s just awesome!

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