Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 5/8/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
You wouldn't know it, but Tom Brady's right shoulder has bothered him on most Sundays, dating back to when he took over the starting duties for the New England Patriots from Drew Bledsoe on that fateful day in 2001. One wouldn't have guessed it just by looking at his stats and games played, as he's never missed a start. Throw out his 2008 season as his knee was shredded only seven and a half minutes into the season. Now, Brady's name rarely pops up on the injury report, yet he's been listed as "probable" for what seems like half of his career. A player can have four designations leading up to game time; probable, questionable, doubtful and out. In other words, he might play, semantics, semantics, he won't play. Other than fantasy footballers, the idea behind the injury report isn't clear. Belichick knows how to play this report and use it to his advantage. Looking back at the Patriots, Cowboys game last season the Patriots had 17 players listed on their injury report. Two of which practiced with "full participation" and one who was designated as out for Sunday's contest. The remaining players would seem to be up in the air in regards for their playing status. Opposing coaches should prepare for their opponents to have their best team out on the field, regardless of who is on the injury report. There is no clear advantage to either side by listing who may or may not play.
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