The San Francisco 49ers released their final injury report for Week 2, and there are some intriguing developments. The NFL changed the rules this year so that teams no longer list players as “Probable,” but instead just use “Questionable,” “Doubtful,” or “Out.” This week, it appears the lack of “Probable” is back in play.
The 49ers listed Glenn Dorsey, Arik Armstead, Nick Bellore, and Quinton Dial on the injury report this week. All four were listed as limited participants in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but were listed as full participants on Friday. On the final injury report, they are not listed among the questionable players.
Previously, the Probable label applied to players with at least a 75 percent chance of playing, while Questionable was for players with a 50 percent chance of playing. Now, Probable is dropped, and Questionable means “it is uncertain as to whether the player will play in the game.” That’s not entirely clear what “uncertain” means, but if those four players are not listed as questionable, it would suggest they are certain to play. The team could still decide to make any of them healthy scratches, but from a health perspective, they’re good to go.
These four players would have been listed as probable last season. And so, that means maybe we’ll see Glenn Dorsey rotate in with Quinton Dial, Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Ronald Blair, and Tony Jerod-Eddie. Suddenly the 49ers find themselves with a little more depth for a critical position unit against the Panthers ground game.
49ers injury report
Out: Anthony Davis (concussion) - discussed here
Questionable: S Marcus Cromartie (ankle), CB Chris Davis (hamstring), CB Keith Reaser (ankle), G Andrew Tiller (ankle)
Panthers injury report
Questionable: S Dean Marlowe (hamstring), RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle)