The NFLPA agreed to the NFL proposals to amend current rules for injured reserve and move the trade deadline back by two weeks, from the Tuesday after Week 6 (Oct. 16) to the day after Week 8 is completed.
Moving the deadline to Oct. 30 was first proposed by owners at the spring meetings in Florida in March. The players’ union resisted when owners proposed it as part of a deal that would also increase the number of padded practices teams could have.
Owners believe moving the deadline back could spark trade activity similar to what occurs in other major sports.
Injured reserve in the past had meant players were out for the season.
The new rule allows one revocable injured reserve transaction. For example, a player with an injury in training camp that requires a 12-week recovery could now feasibly return from injured reserve. Before this amendment was put in to place, players could not be removed from injured reserve unless they were released by that team.
The NFL will also drop the “three-day rule” from preseason practice guidelines. Once players who did not begin training camp with the team reported, including players signed during camp or the preseason, they had a three-day window in which they could not take part in fully padded practices.
That rule would not have applied in the regular season and will no longer be enforceable in the preseason.
via The Sports Xchange