INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during a news conference ahead of Superbowl XLVI on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

NFL Trade Deadline Pushed Back 2 Weeks; New IR Rule Implemented

The trade deadline and IR rules have finally been agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA.

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Details On NFL's New Injured Reserve Rules

Details are starting to trickle out on the new injured reserve rules adopted by the NFL and NFLPA. The new rules which will allow a player to go onto IR and return that season will include an exemption for this year only for those players who have already been placed on IR.

The highlights of the new rule are that a "major injury" is defined as a player that's out for six weeks, a player has to be "designated for return" at the time of his placement on IR and a player can return once he's been on the IR list for eight weeks.

The release on the new rules describe how this will work.

1. Only players with a "major injury" who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.

2. A "major injury" is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.

3. Each team may reactivate only one player placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4. That player must be "designated for return" at the time the club places him on Reserve/Injured, and such designation shall appear on that day's Personnel Notice.

4. Such player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve. He is eligible to return to the Active List if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.

The part about designating a player for a return at the time he is placed on IR should be emphasized; you can't just wait and see on a player.


NFL, NFLPA Agree To New Trade Deadline, IR Rule

The NFL and NFLPA have finally agreed on something. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the two sides agreed to push the trade deadline back by two weeks and to implement the new injured reserve rule. The two sides were thought to have agreed to this months ago but they never could come to an agreement on the final details. Now they have.

The trade deadline will be moved from Week 6 to Week 8, which could spur more trading around the deadline. The deadline will actually be the Tuesday after Week 8. The problem with having it early is that most teams still believe they have a shot in Week 6 and are therefore unwilling to part with star players. By moving it back two weeks we could see more action.

The old injured reserve rule meant that once a player was placed on IR his season was over. With the new IR rule, teams can place one player on IR and bring him back later in the season, giving each team more roster flexibility, especially for star players like Terrell Suggs who will miss most of the season.

Per Schefter's report:

Only players with a "major injury" who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.

Check out this StoryStream for the back and forth between the two sides over the last few months.


NFL, NFLPA Can't Agree On Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rules

The NFL and NFL Players Association have not been able to put changes to the injured reserve rules and the trade deadline into effect, according to a report from

The NFL's competition committee affirmed the changes to both issues at the trade deadline in the spring. One alteration would allow clubs to identify one player who could come off the injured reserve during the season, while the other would push the trade deadline back to Week 8 of the regular season, two weeks later than it has been.

The NFL declined to comment on the situation, though union sources claimed that the communication breakdown stems from the proposal to modify the rules on padded practices as well, which have garnered complaints from some coaches. All of these changes were reportedly offered as a package deal, which the union turned down.

The injured reserve and trade deadline changed have not been officially shelved until next year, though an unofficial deadline of Aug. 27, 2012 -- the day teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players -- is being used.

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NFL, NFLPA Unable To Agree On New Trade Deadline

The NFL and NFLPA were unable to agree on a new trade deadline for the 2012 season.

Owners voted in May to move the trade deadline back from Week 6 to Week 8. The owners, however, needed the NFLPA to amend the collective bargaining agreement, and it didn't happen.

The 2012 trade deadline will remain on Oct. 16, following Week 6's games.

Additionally, the new injured reserve rule is not applicable yet, as the NFLPA did not sign off on it. The new injured reserve rule would allow teams to activate one player from injured reserve per season, giving teams additional roster flexibility, and allowing superstars to potentially return from major injuries suffered early in the season.

There will be no HGH testing in the 2012 season, either.

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NFL Rule Changes To Trade Deadline, IR Make Sense

NFL owners enacted several rule changes including an extension of the trade deadline as well as a new wrinkle in the rules regarding the Injured Reserve.


NFL Rule Changes Include Trade Deadline Extension, IR Exemption

NFL owners are gathering in Atlanta this week to discuss a number of issues, including a handful of proposal rule changes. Among those changes is a proposal to extend the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8, allowing one player on IR to return later that season and making knee and thigh pads mandatory.

The votes are in and we have some results.

NFL owners voted to require the knee and thigh pads starting in 2013. The NFLPA could have something to say about that this down the road.

The trade deadline and IR rules also passed, according to the AP.

The owners also voted to move the training deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8, and to allow one "marquee" player placed on injured reserve to return to practice after the sixth game and to the lineup after the eighth game. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final preseason cut.

The extension of the trade deadline makes a lot of sense. Previously the deadline came in Week 6, which is too early for most teams to consider trading players. Moving it back, even by two weeks, gives teams a better chance of realizing where they stand that season and whether trading away a piece that could help them that season would be worth it.

The IR rule also makes a lot of sense because many players suffer injuries early on that will keep them out for most, but not all of the season. Teams had to decide whether to waste a roster spot on that player waiting for him to return or put him on IR and shut him down for the season. The IR rule gives teams another option if an important player goes down early in the season.

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NFL Rule Changes: Knee, Thigh Pads Now Mandatory

NFL players will be required to wear knee and thigh pads beginning with the 2013 season. Owners voted approved the rule change at their Tuesday meeting in Atlanta, one of several changes up for a vote.

The change still has to be approved by the NFLPA because it constitutes a chance in working conditions which are covered by the CBA.

Mandatory at all levels of play except the NFL, a number of professional football players opt to leave their hip, knee and thigh pads in the equipment room. The argument goes that the pads slow them down in a game where a fraction of a second can make a difference.

The league says that requiring the pads will make players safer, and with all eyes increasingly on player safety lately, the vote comes as no surprise. The NFLPA has called for additional research on the subject of knee and thigh pads.

Additional votes on rule changes will happen throughout the day as owners review and discuss each proposal.

For updates on the rule changes, stay tuned to this StoryStream.


NFL Owners To Vote On More Rule Changes At May Meeting, Including Trade Deadline Extension

NFL owners are gathering in Atlanta this week for their annual May meeting. Though there is plenty of drama engulfing the league at the moment -- from concussions lawsuits to bounty scandals -- the most notable item on the agenda for owners will be a handful of proposed rule changes.

Among the items up for a vote is an extension of the trade deadline, modification of the injured reserve listing and a proposal that would require all players to padding below the waist mandatory.

From a fan's perspective, the most exciting potential change is moving the NFL trade deadline back two weeks to Week 8. In past years, the early deadline has made professional football's in-season hot stove little more than an flareup. Under the new rule, teams would have more time to assess their needs or respond to major injuries.

Another change that could make a notable difference on the field is a change to the injured reserve rule that would allow teams to bring back one designated player prior to the end of the season. In the past, players placed on IR were out for the year, regardless of whether or not they could return during the regular season or for the playoffs. Teams could use this rule to have a key player back in time to make a final push for the postseason.

Owners are also expected to vote on a proposal, according to, that would make hip, knee and thigh pads mandatory for all players. If that proposal passes, owners will again vote on it to make it official for the 2013 season at a future meeting.

Most of those rules are expected to pass muster with owners, who tabled them for further study prior to the draft.

Pulled from the agenda is a rule change that would allow teams an extra roster spot for players diagnosed with a concussion. Per the same report from, one league general manager cited concerns about teams abusing that rule to carry extra players depending on the week-to-week matchups. Owners will likely vote on it again in the future.

For updates on the rule changes, stay tuned to this StoryStream.


NFL Rule Changes: What Passed, What Didn't And How It Affects The Game

The NFL made another round of rule changes this week. How will the new rules impact the game and the fan experience?


NFL Rule Changes: Instant Replay Reviews Now Include Turnovers

NFL owners are meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. this week where they have voted on seven proposed rule changes. We already hit on the new overtime rules for the regular season so the next rule change involves instant replay. Owners voted to allow all turnovers to be subject to instant replay review without the coaching challenge needed.

As previously reported, the NFL rejected a rule change that would have sent all reviews to the booth.

Last year the NFL tweaked the instant replay rules to include all scoring plays under automatic review. This meant that a coach wouldn't have to use a challenge on a review if it was a scoring play. The rule now applies to turnovers, too. Any turnover will automatically be subject to review and a coach will not need to use a challenge.

Related: All Proposed Rule Changes | OT Rule Passes

This is a no-brainer, if you ask me. Sometimes turnovers are as big of a turning point in a game as a scoring play so treating them the same when it comes to instant replay makes sense. No longer will a play of the magnitude of a turnover not be subject to automatic review.

For more on the NFL's proposed rule changes, stay tuned to this StoryStream.


NFL Rejects Rule Change To Booth Instant Replay; Tables Vote To Push Back Trade Deadline

NFL owners wrapped up voting on more than a dozen rule changes at the league owners meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday morning. As a result of the vote, video replay will now apply to turnovers. That is the only change to the league’s replay system after owners rejected a proposal that would have made all video reviews the responsibility of replay officials in the booth, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network.

The move to review turnovers mirrors a change made last season allowing for review of scoring plays. The rule change only applies to situations where the ruling on the field is a turnover.

Two proposed changes did not pass. Moving all video reviews to the booth was one. Removing the exception for horse collar tackles on quarterbacks in the pocket was the other changes rejected by owners.

Owners tabled a vote to change the league’s bylaws that would move the trade deadline back by two weeks. They also tabled a proposed change to the injured reserve rules which would allow teams to bring a player back rather than end their season. Owners are expected to vote on those changes in May.


NFL Overtime Rule Change Passes; Same OT Rules For Regular Season, Playoffs

NFL owners voted on several proposed rule changes and one of the big ones passed -- the playoff overtime rules will now be used in the regular season, too. This is a smart move because there was really no reason to have separate rules for the regular season and playoffs.

The new overtime rules are designed to give each team a shot at possessing the ball. Previous complaints were that the team that won the coin toss in overtime had a major advantage because they could cruise down the field and kick a field goal with the other team never having an opportunity to possess the ball. Under the new rules, the only scenario in which both teams don't touch the ball comes in the event of a first-possession touchdown or a safety.

Related: All The Proposed Rule Changes

We saw the rules in play last January when the Denver Broncos went to overtime with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a playoff game in which just one team touched the ball in overtime. On the first play of overtime, Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown, which ended the game.

For more on the NFL's proposed rule changes, stay tuned to this StoryStream.


How Will The Proposed NFL Rule Changes Impact The Game?

NFL owners are meeting in Florida this week to discuss seven proposed rule changes. Here's a look at each proposal with an example of how it would affect each game.


NFL Owners Meetings Kick Off In Florida

The NFL's annual owners meetings will be kicking off in Florida this week where they'll be discussing, among a number of items, potential rule changes.


Player Safety, Roster Management Round Out Proposed NFL Rule Changes

Changes to instant replay and pushing back the trade deadline were not the only changes proposed by the NFL competition committee on Wednesday. A total of 13 changes to the league rules and bylaws will go to NFL owners for a vote at their meeting next week in Palm Beach, FL. Player safety and roster changes also figured into the committee's proposals.

Keeping their eye on player safety, the NFL is proposing removing the exemption for quarterbacks in the pocket on horse-collar tackles. Currently, defensive players are allowed to bring down quarterbacks using what would otherwise be flagged as a horse-collar tackle. The rule on crackback blocks would also be expanded under the changes to protect defenseless players.

After a season marked with high-profile injuries, teams could get a break with a change to the league's injured reserve policy. Players placed on injured reserve now are out for the season, even if they could return after a period of time. The NFL wants to allow teams an exemption to bring a player back from injured reserve. Under the league's proposal, teams could designate a player for return from the injured reserve list if that player lands on IR after the first week of the season. That player would be allowed to practice after six weeks and play after eight.

The seven proposed rule changes are:

  1. Moving video reviews to the booth
  2. Removing the exception to the horse-collar tackle for quarterbacks in the pocket
  3. Changing regular season overtime rules to match those used in the playoffs
  4. Adding a loss of down to the penalty for kicking a loose ball
  5. Adopting college rules for too many men on the field
  6. Expanding the rule on crackback blocks that would make it illegal to hit players in the head or neck area
  7. Automatic instant replay of turnovers

The six proposed changes to the NFL bylaws are:

  1. Modify roster rules for teams playing on Thanksgiving and Christmas
  2. Moving the trade deadline back to Week 8
  3. Expanding offseason roster limit to 90 players, including undrafted free agents
  4. Moving the league's final roster cut deadline to Friday evening rather than the Saturday prior to the start of the season
  5. Adding a roster exemption for a player on injured reserve
  6. A weekly roster exemption for each team for a player inactive due to a concussion

NFL Proposes Adding To, Changing Instant Replay

Fans of instant replay will like what the NFL competition committee plans to pitch to owners at next week's meeting. A proposal to automatically review all turnovers stood out among the baker's dozen worth of changes to league rules and bylaws presented by the competition committee on a Wednesday afternoon conference call.

The change mirrors the one the league implemented last season for scoring plays. Under that rule, all scoring plays on the field are automatically reviewed by officials in the booth.

Like the rule dictating the reviews for scoring plays, the rule for reviewing turnovers contains a similar quirk. Plays on the field that were not ruled as turnovers would not be reviewed, even if a review could reverse the call on the field to make the play a turnover.

Confused? Maybe a booth review would help.

The competition committee presented another proposed change to the league' replay rules, this one proposed by the Buffalo Bills. This proposed change would move replays upstairs to the replay booth. That would eliminate the current process of the ref reviewing the plays with the replay assistant, saving a considerable amount of time on replays.


NFL Competition Committee Proposes Extending Trade Deadline

The NFL sees a more active trading period this season, and wants to push the trade deadline back by two weeks.

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