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    Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Forgive me for sounding like a novice when it comes to this, but is the purpose of the injury report mostly to satisfy bettors? I understand listing players as Out, as a requirement for teams to know who theyíre going up against.

    But what is the point in posting a player as doubtful vs questionable, when you can also inactive any player you wish anyway for other non injury reasons? Iím just not sure about the rules that go along with it. I see very little advantage to teams using the doubtful designation as opposed to just questionable.

    Without knowing anything about required rules, Iím assuming much of the injury report has to do with the NFL not wanting benchings of players just for rest in the regular season without an injury to justify it. But I feel like thatís done anyway in games without meaning, so I just donít understand.

    Any clarity would be greatly appreciated





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Itís all about Vegas





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Raven View Post
    It’s all about Vegas
    That's correct; it's all about sports betting. I don't know who came up with the system.

    It used to go like this

    OUT - 0% chance to play
    DOUBTFUL - 25%
    QUESTIONABLE - 50%
    PROBABLE - 75%

    After 2016 it was streamlined to this

    DOUBTFUL - between 0 and 50%
    QUESTIONABLE - between 50 and 100%

    One team that gamed this system was, of course, the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick doesn't cow-tow to Vegas. So, nearly everyone in question was listed as Questionable, whether it was a sprained knee or a hangnail.

    The changes in 2016 haven't changed much in NE. This week the Patriots have 15 players on the injury report, all listed as Questionable.
    Last edited by WNCRavensFan; 11-20-2020 at 07:36 PM.





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Quote Originally Posted by WNCRavensFan View Post
    That's correct; it's all about sports betting. I don't know who came up with the system but it goes like this

    OUT - 0% chance to play
    DOUBTFUL - 25%
    QUESTIONABLE - 50%
    PROBABLE - 75% (this designation was removed in 2016)

    Those are the guidelines.. if the player is 100% the only way he doesn't play is if he is inactive - coaches' decision.

    One team that games this system is, of course, the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick doesn't cow-tow to Vegas. So, nearly everyone in question is listed as Questionable, whether it's a sprained knee or a hangnail.
    Itís such garbage but the NFL doesnít try and hide the fact that betting on football is a billion dollar business. They even put a team in Vegas which would have been unheard of not that long ago.

    The more people betting= the more people watching= the more $ spent on advertising. The injury reports do a fair job in handicapping games because without them it would be a daunting task to set any sort of line because the coaches would just lie.





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    I doubt the NFL would ever admit that the injuries status list is there for the betting public. However, with the legalization of fantasy football AND a franchise relocation to Nevada where gambling on game outcomes is legal, the league is ďtreading on thin iceĒ in my honest opinion. The NHL is also literally skating on that same thin ice.





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Examples that define the categories :

    (1) will my sister-in-law be unemployed in 2021 = Probable

    (2) will my sister-in-law look for employment in 2021 = Questionable

    (3) If my sister-in-law looks for work in 2021, will she be hired = Doubtful

    (4) if and when my sister-in-law gets a call from a potential employer in 2021, will she be in to answer it = OUT


    ... Bc





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    So if itís just for bettors, what are the rules on it? Is it the type of thing where if a player misses a single practice or canít practice fully during any given week itís required that you list them on it?





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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    Quote Originally Posted by ReedInTheWind View Post
    So if it’s just for bettors, what are the rules on it? Is it the type of thing where if a player misses a single practice or can’t practice fully during any given week it’s required that you list them on it?
    It's arbitrary, really. With the current rules, if the coaches aren't 100% but don't feel a guy will play, he'll be listed as "doubtful". Otherwise, he'll be listed "questionable". And if a bunch of guys listed as "doubtful" end up playing, Vegas might send a guy to have a few words with team executives.






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    Re: Can someone explain the NFL injury report?

    How about the covid rules. How some teams can have a player test positive but no other contact tracing with the guy sitting on the bench with them.





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