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 Post subject: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:18 am 
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NFL drops “probable” from injury report, redefines “questionable” and “doubtful”
Posted by Mike Florio on August 21, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
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It’s definite that “probable” no longer will be part of the NFL injury lexicon.

As first noted (as best we can tell) by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald and as the league office confirms, the widely-misconstrued P-word has been dumped from the injury reporting procedures.

“The ‘Probable’ category was eliminated from the Game Status Report because approximately 95 percent of the players who were listed as ‘Probable’ in prior years did in fact play in the game,” the league explained.

There was a reason for that high percentage of participation. Although many believed that “probable” suggested a 75-percent likelihood of playing, it actually meant that the player was virtually certain to be available for normal duty. After the Falcons scratched quarterback Mike Vick, who had been listed as probable with a knee injury, from a 2005 game against New England, the league reminded teams of the true meaning of “probable,” and it began routinely investigating situations in which a player listed as “probable” did not actually play.

The NFL also has changed the meaning of “questionable” and “doubtful”; previously, the “questionable” category reflected a 50-50 likelihood of playing, and “doubtful” meant a 75-percent chance the player wouldn’t play. Now, “questionable” simply means that “it is uncertain as to whether the player will play in the game,” and “doubtful” means that “it is unlikely the player will participate.”

So, basically, any player whose chances of playing are less than 100 percent is “questionable,” and any player whose chances of playing are 49.9999 percent of less is “doubtful.” While these changes streamline the process, they create a much broader range for “questionable,” allowing visiting teams to keep the truly injured players under wraps until they head to the site of the game and leave the injured players behind. For home teams, the question of whether a “questionable” player will play won’t be finally resolved until the list of inactive players is filed 90 minutes prior to kickoff.



http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/nfl-drops-probable-from-injury-report-redefines-questionable-and-doubtful/

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 Post subject: Re: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:18 am 
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New injury report creates plenty of questions, concerns
Posted by Mike Florio on August 21, 2016, 8:20 PM EDT

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.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/21/new-injury-report-creates-plenty-of-questions-concerns/

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 Post subject: Re: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:45 am 
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What's driving this new designation?

Now there's more opportunities to mess with the injury report.

Vegas and fantasy players can't be liking that.

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 Post subject: Re: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
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It's more $$ driven WWe shit

Expect to see half a team listed questionable

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 Post subject: Re: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
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BethlehemSteel wrote:
It's more $$ driven WWe shit

Expect to see half a team listed questionable


I fail to see the connection to any more $$ the NFL could get.

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 Post subject: Re: NFL drops “probable” from injury report
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Jeemie wrote:
What's driving this new designation?

Now there's more opportunities to mess with the injury report.

Vegas and fantasy players can't be liking that.



“The ‘Probable’ category was eliminated from the Game Status Report because approximately 95 percent of the players who were listed as ‘Probable’ in prior years did in fact play in the game,” the league explained.

Whats the point of the designation when that is true?

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