We’re getting our first look at the NFL’s new injury report system.
The NFL eliminated “probable” and will only have “questionable,” “doubtful” and “out” as options on weekly injury reports.
With the season beginning on Thursday, the Carolina Panthers released their injury report before they head to Denver.
Panthers safety Dean Marlowe is listed as doubtful. Marlowe has been slowed with a hamstring injury. The second-year safety is positioned second on Carolina’s depth chart behind Kurt Coleman. Marlowe appeared in four games last season. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that practice squad safety Marcus Ball will travel to Denver and could play in the event that Marlowe is unavailable.
Defensive tackle Vernon Butler and linebacker A.J. Klein are both listed as questionable for Thursday’s opener. Butler (hand) and Klein (back) have been full participants in practice but the latest injury report procedure deems “questionable” as the highest option for a players availability to play.
Carolina drafted Butler in the first round of this year’s draft. He’s expected to play behind Kawann Short.
Klein is a fourth-year linebacker out of Iowa State. He plays behind stout linebacker Luke Kuechly. Klein 115 tackles, three sacks and one interception in his career all in Carolina.