The NEC says if it is 'likely' to become energized, not if it is just 'possible'.
Should houses along the Gulf coast be built with roofs capable of handling 12" snow loads? Should houses in the far northern Midwest be built to survive hurricanes? Both conditions are possible, however neither is likely. Should nails used to hang pictures be grounded? Aren't they likely to become energized? If they weren't, why the restrictions an how close NM cable can be run near the front of a wall cavity?