TSN’s Dave Naylor reported via Twitter that the league will now direct teams to list players whose statuses may not be known until game time.
This is likely an answer to the Week 1 “issue” where the BC Lions listed QB Mike Reilly as the starter before the game, but after warmups, Nathan Rourke took the start. Many claimed there had been some intentional deception by the Lions, but this is commonplace. Reilly had been listed on the injury report all week, and reportedly hadn’t thrown a football during that time either.
In the NFL, players who may, or may not see the field are listed as QUESTIONABLE, or as a game-time decision, this is to helps fans, bettors, and fantasy football players determine what to do in whichever medium they enjoy their sport, and tries to keep it as fair as possible with the opponent – an aspect that is listed last, because it is the last reason the NFL releases an injury report.
The CFL adopted the practice when Bill C218 was passed, allowing for single-game betting. This give more transparency to the entire process, and helps to weed out anyone who may be involved with the business of fixing games.
This should help smoothe things down the road.