The Jacksonville Jaguars have provided the first example of the odd injury reporting intricacy created by the NFL after removing the “probable” label for describing players’ likelihood of playing.
Now, teams can only use “questionable,” and “doubtful” when describing health statuses. Running back Chris Ivory is dealing with a calf injury and Jared Odrick sustained a jaw injury earlier in the week. Both players were listed as questionable, but coach Gus Bradley said they’re probably going to play.
“Both are good,” Bradley said, according to Jacksonville.com’s Hays Carlyon. “The arrow is up on Odrick and same thing with Ivory. They should be good.”
So, the discrepancy is clear. Questionable typically has a negative connotation because it generally signified a 50/50 chance the player takes the field. A player listed as questionable was, at the very least, probably not 100 percent even if he played.
Now, the questionable tag can mean just what Bradley said, or it could mean the player has no chance of playing whatsoever. Whether teams decide to manipulate the way they report injuries remains to be seen. In this case, Bradley cleared up the situation and it looks like while technically listed as “questionable,” Ivory and Odrick should suit up for the season opener Sunday against Green Bay.