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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.

By Rick Maese  | October 1, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
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Asked if the Redskins are one of the honest teams, "No," he said with a laugh.

By Rick Maese | October 1, 2010; 4:27 PM ET

This is tricky. Is he being honest when he says that he's not honest? And if he's not being honest, then does that mean we are honest? My head's about to explode trying to figure this out.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 1, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This idiot Freddie Mitchell is on Philly radio saying Donovan prevented him from reaching his potential. Poor guy has to say anything to stay relevant.

Posted by: AdamCr | October 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Joe Montana couldn't have helped Freddie Mitchell. In the words of Poopy, he was, well...poop.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 1, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Those reports are BS Tom Brady has been listed as questionable every game for the last 5 years.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

F Duke

and beep-beep (new post)

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 1, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares but fantasy owners.

Posted by: MadeRED | October 1, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

reporter: o your saying all those listed are about 50/50?
Shanny: no just the ones tht are at 25% to 97% but we still won't know about the 32% until it's been 48 hours.
reporte: Huh?
Shanny: fifty percent of them shouldn't be on the list but since the other fifty percent are on the list half of the are about 95% with a third of the remainder about 50/50
reporter: wait...what?..nevermind I get..
Shanny: there's still two thirds at twenty two and a half percent, but at least one of them is faking it
reporter: goodbye
Shanny: how are you feelin?

Posted by: nflorida1 | October 1, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Do you list AH at 50/50 if his ankle is OK but his head is a mess?

Posted by: pyrotech | October 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The signing of Haynesworth has been listed as "questionable" for more than a year now.

Posted by: unquiltom | October 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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