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Report: NFL “expected” to expand practice squads to 10 players

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The NFL is reportedly set to make practice squads bigger.

The NFL is expected to approve a plan to allow clubs to have as many as 10 players on practice squads starting this season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on “Monday Night Countdown.”

According to Schefter, the plan is “expected” to be ratified by next week.

Teams have been allowed to have as many as eight practice squad players.

The plan figures to be popular with coaches and younger players trying to stick in the league. For starters, keeping two extra practice squad players will help a club have a deeper reserve of injury replacements who know the team’s schemes. And, as Schefter noted during “Monday Night Countdown,” the move will create 64 new jobs for players.

However, the practice squad rule could have an impact on older free agents without practice squad eligibility who have might have been considered as in-season roster additions for clubs dealing with injuries. Now, those players are conceivably competing with two more in-house candidates for jobs.

NFL clubs have to pare their rosters to 53 players by Saturday, August 30. Clubs can begin to sign players to their practice squads after 12 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, August 31.

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42 Responses to “Report: NFL “expected” to expand practice squads to 10 players”
  1. ceehawkfan says: Aug 18, 2014 7:40 PM

    Hooray, more draft picks to keep!! GO HAWKS!!

  2. cowboyfan45 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:43 PM

    long overdue but the 53 man roster should be expanded to 60 players also..

  3. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    The Vikings have already increased their practice squad by an additional 52 players.

  4. smolsson says: Aug 18, 2014 7:49 PM

    Too bad they couldn’t make those 2 extra spots a veterans category for the practice squad.

  5. thebiblestudent says: Aug 18, 2014 7:49 PM

    Good move.

    Now, just make the 53-man roster all available for games, and we’re all set. The requirement of 8 “inactives” is ridiculous.

  6. explosionsauce says: Aug 18, 2014 7:50 PM

    Yeah, it could impact vets, it could mean the youngster goes to practice squad and the veteran gets the roster spot.

  7. lkuderick says: Aug 18, 2014 7:52 PM

    Just a thought, if the NFL is really worried that the two extra positions are taking jobs from vets, make the last two positions vet only. I always thought that the PS eligibility rules were crap anyway. You should be allowed to have whatever 10 players you think could help you during the season.

  8. andreweac says: Aug 18, 2014 7:55 PM

    Any correlation to the recent NCAA ruling and expected changes at the collegiate level?

  9. ariani1985 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:02 PM

    Even if you expand the roster green bay can only lose in the first round of the playoffs once right?

  10. patriots123456 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:05 PM

    Good news imo…

    I think most fans would embrace this…

  11. coachbeck says: Aug 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    This is a nice addition.

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    I like the move. Also need to expand the 53 man roster by having 53 players plus 3 specialty (L.S., punter and kicker) for a total of 56.

  13. mrlaloosh says: Aug 18, 2014 8:15 PM

    Vince Young and T.O. are NOT happy…..

  14. gadgetking2010 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:32 PM

    ok move by the NFL. now allow ALL 53 on the roster to dress for games !!!

  15. afcdomination says: Aug 18, 2014 8:34 PM

    would be nice to also make 53 man rosters on gameday. 46 is ridiculous.

  16. demolition510 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Just a part of their plan to expand the season and add 2 more teams

  17. rajbais says: Aug 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    How about a minor league already. You can’t get better sitting on the bench.

  18. banky74 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    I like this change. Especially in light of how prevalent injuries are these days.

    Good to see more young guys get the chance to play in the NFL.

  19. rajbais says: Aug 18, 2014 8:43 PM

    How about a minor league already?

    You can’t get better sitting on a bench.

  20. mariorat says: Aug 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    Now the Pats can lock Tyms… whew!

  21. rutchaser says: Aug 18, 2014 9:05 PM

    Mike Brown is not going to be happy about having to pay these extras.

  22. axespray says: Aug 18, 2014 9:17 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 8:02 PM
    Even if you expand the roster green bay can only lose in the first round of the playoffs once right?
    Cause they didn’t own the 2012 minnesota PED Knees or anything…

    Or go on a Superbowl Run in 2010.

    And the Divisional Round is the first round now… smh.

  23. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 18, 2014 9:24 PM

    There’s nothing the NFL can do to make the game better than baseball. #flagontheplay

    Click thumbs down if you hate that I’m right.

  24. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 18, 2014 9:27 PM

    Practice squad players are first cut by the team and then signed back to the team or another team. You can stash a player if no one picks them up. Most Seahawks fourth strings can start for most teams.

  25. isabsir says: Aug 18, 2014 9:41 PM

    This is a small step towards an 18 game schedule.

  26. zoxitic says: Aug 18, 2014 9:50 PM

    The game day inactives never made sense to me.

  27. roadwarrior99 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:09 PM

    Did this get Richard Sherman’s approval?

  28. NFLisnotreality says: Aug 18, 2014 10:10 PM

    Just make it 22 then they can scrimmage and sell tickets to it…

  29. thegrigga49 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:15 PM

    Great news, I’d like to see some sort of D league the most, but definitely a nice move.

  30. tabcdef9 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:17 PM

    thebiblestudent says: Aug 18, 2014 7:49 PM

    Good move.

    Now, just make the 53-man roster all available for games, and we’re all set. The requirement of 8 “inactives” is ridiculous.

    Yeah, what’s up with the 8 inactives for a game, and where did that ever come from? The team’s paying them anyway, why wouldn’t they want them suited up? Can’t fathom the reasoning that brought this silly rule about.

  31. largent80100 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:40 PM

    Good move.

    I also approve the 60-men roster suggestions and the minor league, even if it is something like the NFL Europe.

  32. jimr10 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:45 PM

    I noticed no criticism f Roger Goodell for this action..

  33. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:00 AM

    Should be 11.

  34. dalcow4 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:05 AM

    Common sense move long overdue.

    Get a minor league already though.

  35. gayforbrady says: Aug 19, 2014 12:29 AM

    Practice Squad?

    I never understood why there was ever a limit on how many players you could have on your practice squad.

    Have zero or 100. We are talking about practice.

  36. inbredcheesehead says: Aug 19, 2014 1:12 AM

    thats just more hall of famers for the packers to have on their team

  37. ezmoover says: Aug 19, 2014 3:06 AM

    Get a clue.

    The league is setting the stage for an 18 game regular season.

    Get used to the idea.

  38. afcdomination says: Aug 19, 2014 3:55 AM

    big fan of the spring league idea. they need to get that going. Troy Vincent was behind it as well, lets go. I love it.

    I Think that is where you can test out some of this stuff they do in the preseason. where you can test out having the refs act like complete idiots and throw a flag on every single bit of contact made. do it in your spring league where you are developing players. don’t do it in the big show where they shouldn’t be “testing” game changing ideas.

    and make it a 53 man roster on gameday. how silly is it to make that team and then have to sit inactive, watch multiple injuries take place and still be unable to play. they are as useful as the fans and cheerleaders. why not make it 53?

  39. avikesfan says: Aug 19, 2014 7:54 AM

    Good, green bay can stockpile more worthless defensive players in case their mediocre starters break a finger nail.

  40. clashpoint says: Aug 19, 2014 8:17 AM

    This is a good thing, and many of the comments here about the 53 roster and changes in practice squad eligibility are pretty good as well.

    How would this affect the salary cap, if at all? Don’t only the top 51 salaries count anyways, or is that only for the off-season? Or would the NFL just not care, figuring these bottom two salaries are going to be the cheapest on the roster anyways?

  41. arianil985 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:56 AM

    Even if you expand the roster minnesota will still miss the playoffs right?

  42. whatjusthapped says: Aug 19, 2014 9:02 AM

    This really helps those clubs that draft well, the Vikings, not so much.

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