Justin Tuck: New IR rule is good and bad

After it looked like the proposals were going nowhere, the NFL and NFLPA announced that they had agreed on changes to the injured reserve rule and moved the trade deadline back two weeks on Thursday.

The injured reserve rule seems like a winner for both sides. The teams win because they can wait on a player who gets hurt during training camp and the players get an extra job on an active roster along with the chance to return to play in a year when they might have otherwise missed the duration.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck isn’t so sure it’s entirely positive, however.

“That’s a good thing and a bad thing because a lot of teams are going to use that to their advantage,” Tuck said, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But for the people who do that the right way, that can really help a guy because there are parts of the season when guys just can’t get out there and go. You get a couple of weeks off, they get healthy and they can go out there and go. I see the good in it and I also see the bad in it.”

With the rule limited to one player who must miss at least eight weeks (and can’t practice for six weeks), it’s hard to see how teams are really going to be able to game this to their great advantage over the rest of the teams. Perhaps the “major injury” part of the rule could be interpreted creatively, but it is still one player who must miss a significant portion of time. Garafolo writes that Tuck said it was generally a good thing while still feeling teams could manipulate it to their advantage when he was informed about the eight-week provision, something that seems particularly true for the Giants this year.

Cornerback Terrell Thomas and defensive tackles Marvin Austin and Shaun Rogers are all dealing with injuries suffered during camp, making them ineligible for the PUP list, that will likely limit them now, but could wind up improving enough to allow them to play later in the season. The Giants can’t get all of them back, but if they feel that there’s a good chance with one of them it would give the team a boost in the second half of the season.

7 responses to “Justin Tuck: New IR rule is good and bad

  1. Tuck – come sit on daddy’s lap and let me tell you how the world works: NFL teams will ALWAYS use ANYTHING they can to their advantage. Why else would they want it?

  2. Don’t know but I bet the Saints will find a way to use it to their advantage… Say you pay a opponent lower in the standings to knock out a key player of a team you might face in the playoffs.

  3. I don’t understand why the NFL teams would want to pay players not to play anyway. Why not make a new ‘disabled list’ that lasts 6 to 8 weeks that would allow you to keep 3 or 4 players on the DL and then keep injured reserve for the entire year. That way if you went to IR you know you would be done and entire seasons would not be lost for guys who could come back in several weeks. And yes teams would try to take advantage of that too but Roger Goodell would suspend the head coach for two years if they tried!

  4. Yep, the NFL should have a DL like MLB. It takes the NFL and the NFLPA f-o-r-e-v-e-r to come to their senses. Why just one guy to IR that can return, and why does that return player have to be designated when he goes on IR (healing is hard to predict), and why does he have to take up a roster spot while on IR? The NFL HQ need some fresh thinking and the NFLPA a good colonic so agreement can be reached promptly for the common good of the game.

  5. Gosh tqdrew, that would almost be how it already is now what with the “live 45” & 8 deactivated players every week.

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