The NFL rulebook is loaded with technicalities, many of which don’t become sticking points.
HOWEVER, there’s one we need to clarify ahead of Sunday’s Bears game against the Saints.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson, who was originally listed as “questionable” to play, is now technically “doubtful.”
Here’s an explanation from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
He was listed as questionable but NFL rules mandate a player has to be at least limited in 1 practice during week to be classified as questionable.
Still a chance AR12 plays if he clears protocol.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) October 30, 2020
Robinson did not practice all week because he was in concussion protocol. Thus, by the letter of the law, cannot be listed as questionable. Hey, I don’t make the rules. I’m not even in charge of enforcing them. But my responsibility is to share the news, then provide insight and analysis once it reaches the street.
Simply put: If Robinson clears concussion protocols between now and game day, he will play. And if he plays, I will like the Bears’ odds of winning more than I would if he doesn’t. Robinson leads the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards. His routes are crisp, and his hands are reliable. Should he be unable to go, the Bears would obviously miss his presence.
If Robinson can’t go, then Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller, Javon Wims, and Riley Ridley will move into a position to step up in his absence. But here’s to hoping for the best for Robinson, as head injuries are nothing to take lightly.