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NFLPA, NFL agree to trade-deadline, injured-reserves changes

NFLPA, NFL agree to trade-deadline, injured-reserves changes

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
The NFL and NFLPA moved the trade deadline to Week 8 and tweaked the IR rule. (Getty Images)

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to move back the trade deadline and change the process for teams to use the injured-reserve list on Thursday, according to NFLPA spokesman George Atallah of the NFLPA.

According to Atallah, "the language is being finalized but there is an agreement" between the two sides on making previously proposed changes.

CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora confirms that those changes will include moving the trade deadline from Week 6 of the NFL season to the Tuesday following Week 8 of the NFL season. This is highly beneficial for providing interest around NFL trades, because more teams will know where they stand following Week 8 than they do after Week 7.

The change to the injured reserve now allows teams to remove one player per season from the IR, subject to certain restrictions, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Teams may remove one player who was placed on IR with a "major injury" after 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 4. It should be interesting to see exactly what qualifies as a "major injury."

Obviously someone like Steelers David DeCastro, who tore his MCL but wasn't expected to be put on IR because he could return in a few months, could be placed on IR and moved back to active status later in the year.

Players, like Desmond Bishop of the Packers, who were placed on injured reserve prior to the 72-man roster cut will receive a one-time transitional exemption that allows their respective team to move them back to the 53-man roster and then use the new IR spot on them, but that move must be made by 9 pm ET on Friday.

Players like Terrell Suggs, already placed on the physically unable to perform list, will not be eligible to be taken off the PUP and placed on the designated-to-return IR slot, the league confirmed to La Canfora.

Additionally, La Canfora notes that there could be "an added padded practice to the training camp schedule" on the table but that change did not go through.

However, league sources tell La Canfora that starting next year if a player signs during camp, said player no longer has to wait three days before he can go on field.

There was some contention between the two sides before finally passing the rules.

"These changes had been on the table for some time and were generally seen as positives by both sides, but in the climate that exists between them, were not agreed to sooner," La Canfora reports. "Also, previously, there were other, more contentious issues, being tied to these discussions, sources said, including possible changes to practice schedules."

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