How to read the NFL Injury Report
The most overlooked factor and key to winning the Super Bowl is staying healthy and if you see a bunch of players listed next to a team on the NFL Injury Report, it’s likely that team is in trouble. The NFL has 32 teams and each club can have a maximum of 53 active players listed before each game. Knowing that this professional sport is the most physical, a premium is placed on the NFL Injury Report.
The VegasInsider.com NFL Injury Report is listed in alphabetical order by Team Name and Mascot.
Ex. Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, etc…
While it’s very rare for a team to not having any injuries, there could be a chance that a club is not listed on the NFL Injury Report because it is 100 percent healthy. For each of the clubs with injured individuals, Players are listed by first and last names before their Position.
The most common positions in the NFL:
QB Quarterback, RB Running Back, WR Wide Receiver, TE Tight End
OL Offensive Lineman, K Kicker
DL Defensive Lineman, LB Linebacker, DB Defensive Back
S Safety, P Punter
The Date section tells the bettor when the individual became inactive due to injury or injuries. The NFL Injury Reports are always changing and teams are required to update any new injuries two days before their scheduled game, usually on Friday since most games are played on Sundays.
The VI NFL Injury Report provides plenty of information on each player in the Comments and they provide great insight on what happened to the individual. Along with the injuries, the report covers league suspensions. The majority of those are focused on NFL players that are dealing with off-the-field issues or they may have been based for drugs or substances not allowed by the league.
The Expected Return is when the individual is projected to return to his NFL team. The Status is listed right before the return date and the worst thing to see listed next there is Injured Reserve or better known as IR. Players on this list are kept off the field for a required amount of time, usually between six and eight weeks. However, more often than not, most are deemed ‘done’ for the season and you won’t expect them back on the gridiron.
Other NFL Injury status displays to keep an eye on are Questionable and Doubtful. Most believe questionable is 50-50 likelihood of playing while doubtful is there is only a 25 percent chance that a player will suit up for an upcoming game.
How do NFL Injury Reports affect betting?
The NFL Injury Reports often deal with long-term injuries but the short-term news certainly are more important for the weekly bettors. Staying on top of starters in the NFL Injury Reports can certainly help bettors get an edge on their bookmakers, especially at key positions. If sports gambling is legal in your state, keep an eye on the NFL injury report and check out our online sportsbook directory to find the best places to make NFL bets, as well as exclusive sportsbook offers.
The quarterback is the most important player on the football field, more so in the NFL than in College Football. Some teams rely so much on the QB position that you could see a line adjusted by up to 10 points, especially if you’re talking about a signal caller that is on an elite level. After the QB position, not many other skilled positions are taken as seriously by the oddsmakers but they are noted.