There has been a lot of speculation in the past week over the correct (or incorrect) status of LaDainian Tomlinson on the Chargers' injury report before the AFC Championship game. Now, with news surfacing that Tom Brady has suffered an apparent high-ankle injury, the question over whether or not the NFL should mandate stricter enforcement governing injury reports has surfaced.
In this writer's humble opinion, an injury report naturally lends itself to inaccuracy. Reports come out days before the actual game is played, and some injuries may only take a few days to heal. The very natural of the injury report "rating system" is completely ambiguous. A "Probable" rating declares that a player has a 75% chance of playing. This measure also gives the player a 25% chance of not playing. The same ratios stand true, albeit vice versa, for a "Doubtful" status. To the betters in Vegas, 1 in 4 ain't half bad.
In all reality, every player should be handed a "Questionable" status-- 50-50 playing or not playing. Really, that's all it is. A player is either playing or not playing. Perhaps LT should have been given a 51.5% rating: he played, but only for two carries.
In ESPN's debate over the injurious injury reports, good ole Skip Bayless brought up the point that Vegas betters could possibly purchase the correct information regarding the health status of NFL players. Way to go Skip, advocate for gambling on football and give incentive for NFL officials to get involved. I would imagine a conspiracy involving NFL executives leaking injury information to Vegas bookies could only benefit one man-- Tim Donaghy. He'd pray that the attention would be removed from him.
How about this as a solution? If injury reports in the NFL are really such a hot issue, why don't the bookies place bets on the accuracy of those reports?
Gimme $250,000 that Brady plays the whole game even if he's in a wheelchair.