NFL teams know they’re likely to need more bodies this year, as they try to push forward with a season in the middle of a pandemic.
Now, it appears they’ll have them.
According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL approved a proposal which would expand practice squads to 16 players.
That proposal also includes the ability to protect four players on a weekly basis, which would ostensibly make those four players de facto members of the active roster.
Having those extra players who are familiar with a team’s system will be crucial, as teams try to navigate the possibility of losing players to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent quarantines.