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NFLPA agrees to later trade deadline, injured reserve exception

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In a surprise move, the NFL Players’ Association has agreed to the NFL’s request that the trade deadline be moved back from Week Six to Week Eight, and that one player per team can return to the field later in the season after being placed on injured reserve.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the players’ union agreed to the rules changes today, just a week after the union was saying no deal because the league was trying to tie those rules to changes in the rules about padded practices. It’s unclear for now how the union and the NFL were able to find common ground on the issue.

The change means that the trade deadline will now be the Tuesday after the Week Eight games, instead of the Tuesday after the Week Six games. That could be great news for teams that suffer an injury to a key player in Week Seven or Week Eight and need to trade for a player to replace him. Detractors of the rules change have suggested it could encourage bad teams to give up on the season and trade away their best players for draft picks.

With the injured reserve rule, one player per team may go on IR early in the season and then return to the field later in the season. So a player who suffers an injury that’s expected to keep him out for a few months could go on IR but still play again. Steelers rookie offensive lineman David DeCastro, who is expected to miss about three months with the knee injury he suffered last week, could be a perfect fit for the new system.

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25 Responses to “NFLPA agrees to later trade deadline, injured reserve exception”
  1. billinva says: Aug 30, 2012 11:56 AM

    Excellent. These are rule changes I can actually agree with.

  2. benh999 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 PM

    The IR exception isn’t that big of a deal. It is basically just PUP/reserve for players injured during, rather than before, training camp.

  3. canjura says: Aug 30, 2012 12:00 PM

    I love the rule so much. It’s almost like the baseball 15 and 60 day DL. I just wish teams were given the ability to do it with 3 or 5 players, rather than only one. Either that or expand the roster limits to 58 or 60.

  4. lungman says: Aug 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    Does anyone foresee if this will cause any problems for fantasy football leagues which use IR slots?

  5. jdawg111 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:01 PM

    The NFL and NFLPA finally come to an agreement which is good for the game. Glad to see. The hard fast rule of IR and done for the season was outdated.

    And although I don’t think the trade deadline moving back will make a huge difference, it may lead to a few more minor deals, which is good.

    Can’t wait for the games to start!!!

  6. toekramp says: Aug 30, 2012 12:04 PM

    Charlie Batch gets to stay!!

  7. realitypolice says: Aug 30, 2012 12:11 PM

    I don’t understand people having an issue with hopeless teams using the trade deadline to move players for picks.

    What’s wrong with teams that are out of it looking towards the future? Which would you rather your team do if they were 0-8, 1-7 or even 2-6 at the deadline? Hold on to all of the players that helped get you that bad or move some of them for draft picks that could help you rebuild?

    I think the impact is over rated anyway. It is much harder to assimilate a new player into a new system mid season in football than it is in baseball. So mid season trades will still be rare, despite the extended deadline.

  8. gambleonsports says: Aug 30, 2012 12:11 PM

    Lungman, you read my mind. This is going to alter the dynamic in my big money dynasty league drastically.

  9. theauger says: Aug 30, 2012 12:13 PM

    I think the NFLPA was getting too much bad press and “heat” from players for not getting this done.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Aug 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    Does the early return player have to be indicated when they are placed on IR or can any player on the IR be reactivated as long as it’s just once per season?

  11. patriotinvasion says: Aug 30, 2012 12:28 PM

    The IR exception is a great rule and long overdue. It’s a shame that teams have had to IR guys in September and October who could be healthy and help in December and January (or February for the lucky).

    As long as teams don’t abuse it, I’d actually like to see this exception for 2 or 3 players instead of just 1.

  12. sj39 says: Aug 30, 2012 12:31 PM

    Good, now agree to go back to full contact, padded practices.

  13. jason49er says: Aug 30, 2012 12:41 PM

    Good, now agree to go back to full contact, padded practices.
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    Full contact football games would be nice too.

  14. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    And although I don’t think the trade deadline moving back will make a huge difference, it may lead to a few more minor deals, which is good.
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    You’d be surprised. Last year, if the rule were in place, that would’ve meant that Orton goes to the Bears and most likely wins at least two games, thus bumping the G-men out of the play-offs.

    It’s like that movie “sliding doors”.

    This is a great new rule. Almost every team is still mathematically in it come week 8, so I don’t envision roster dumps (nor do I want to).

  15. albanyhawker says: Aug 30, 2012 12:56 PM

    There goes the league bending the rules to aid the Steelers again!

  16. derfshambeaux says: Aug 30, 2012 1:06 PM

    Sounds like the Irish Mafia made the NFLPA an offer they couldn’t refuse to get this exception worked out. Thanks Rooneys.

  17. stoogy says: Aug 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    the lg will do anything to help the steeler

  18. kokoskmr says: Aug 30, 2012 1:30 PM

    This also helps the Ravens who will now not have to hold a roster spot for Terrell Suggs to come back.

    That might ease an otherwise hard decision on the backup QB.

  19. lungman says: Aug 30, 2012 1:41 PM

    Sorry to inject a dose of reality and crush all the conspiracy theorists, but the new NFL injured reserve rule agreed to today pertains only to an injury suffered after the final cut-down.

    *NO PRESEASON INJURIES APPLY.*

  20. justintuckrule says: Aug 30, 2012 2:19 PM

    @butchdeadlift – the Bears could have resurrected the 85 team and it wouldn’t have kept the Giants out of the playoffs. They won their division outright. That little fact notwithstanding….Orton?…the same guy that was replaced by Tebow? that Orton????

  21. Nevis says: Aug 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    “Detractors of the rules change have suggested it could encourage bad teams to give up on the season and trade away their best players for draft picks.”

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    And?? This is how it works in baseball and is common sense when managing a team. If a team can’t win now, they have to be able to position themselves to win in the future.

  22. raider17 says: Aug 30, 2012 2:30 PM

    Raiders get Palmer last year at the deadline, next year the rule changes! LOL! Classic NFL!!!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  23. fm31970 says: Aug 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    “jdawg111 says:

    The NFL and NFLPA finally come to an agreement which is good for the game. Glad to see. The hard fast rule of IR and done for the season was outdated.”

    This exception is for only ONE player. The IR rules are not being eliminated, and we put in place to prevent stashing players away who weren’t truly injured and whom teams wanted to retain above and beyond the roster limit.

    I agree that this exception could be increased to two or three players in the next few years, but any more than that and the “stashing” players question come into play.

  24. steeltuff says: Aug 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    David DeCastro, #66, will be back in time for the last quarter of the season and then the playoffs . . . and Charlie Batch can now be the #3 QB.

  25. bbk1000 says: Aug 30, 2012 5:01 PM

    Both these make sense, but because trades don’t seem to happen in the league I really love the IR rule.

    I assume they think teams would hide players on IR because they only will let it happen once and it took this long to happen.

    I’m thinking if they let it happen more than once Belichick would find a way to exploit it.

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