Redskins injury report: probably not very revealing
The Redskins' injury report was released Friday afternoon and once again, 10 players are listed as questionable: Lorenzo Alexander, Anthony Armstrong, Josh Bidwell, DeAngelo Hall, Albert Haynesworth, Chris Horton, Kory Lichtensteiger, Clinton Portis, Keiland Williams and Trent Williams.
It's the fourth week in row that Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has listed players who practiced all week as questionable alongside others who didn't. No Redskins are listed as probable and no one is doubtful either.
Shanahan said there's a good reason for that: The injury report has changed.
"It used to be where, it'd be like 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent, 100 percent, relative to playing time," he said. "Now, if a guy's probable, they feel like it's 98 percent -- that's probable."
The injury report that the team releases to the media says that "questionable" is "50-50 chance will not play," but it could be interpreted much more broadly than that.
"It used to be [50-50]," Shanahan said Friday. "But not any more. That's why we went in that direction."
The injury report says that players who are doubtful have just a 25 percent chance of playing. Those who are probable are a "virtual certainty" of playing, which Shanahan says is 98 percent. So in theory, every player between 26 percent and 97 percent falls under the "questionable" umbrella. That's a much wider field than 50-50.
"Most of it's in between right now," he said. "That's why we put down in the report somewhere in between."
The Eagles listed only one player as questionable: guard Nick Cole. Four Eagles are probable, including Brent Celek, Brandon Graham, Austin Howard and Jeremy Maclin.
Shanahan said he was not aware that the language on the report had changed
until recently. He said General Manager Bruce Allen pointed it out to him.
"I had no idea," he said. "I used to use that 25, 50, 75 and 100 and somewhere in between. Those percentages have changed."
Shanahan said coaches utilize the information on the injury report in different ways, and "some teams are a little more honest than other teams."
Asked if the Redskins are one of the honest teams, "No," he said with a laugh.
| October 1, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
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