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.