The NFL has new injury reporting rules for 2016. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the man many fans regard as the master of misinformation when it comes to listing injuries, committed on Monday to honoring them. Even if he doesn’t know what they are yet.
“I haven’t read them yet but whatever they are we’ll follow them, whatever that happens to be,” Belichick told reporters on Monday.
It remains to be seen how the elimination of “probable” and the expansion of “questionable” and “doubtful” will impact the injury reports. For now, plenty of fantasy football players are freaking out about the potential for uncertainty — and plenty of news outlets will likely benefit from the uptick in interest as games approach and clarity emerges on whether an injured player will actually play.
So I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Regardless of how the new rules are adopted in practice, it’s safe to say that Belichick will examine ways to use the changes to his advantage. As he and every head coach should.