Lions propose return to third quarterback rule

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After the 49ers lost both of their quarterbacks to injuries during the NFC Championship Game, there was discussion of bringing back the league’s former rule allowing for an emergency quarterback to be available on gamedays.

The NFL announced on Monday that the Lions have formally proposed a rule that would allow for that third quarterback to be available.

Under the proposal, teams could designate one player on their inactive list or practice squad to be eligible to play in the event that their first two quarterbacks are ruled out due to injuries. If a practice squad player is used in that role, it would not count as one of the three elevations practice squad players can make before being subject to release or waivers.

All teams are free to carry three (or more) quarterbacks on their gameday rosters now, but few do so because they feel they get more out of keeping other players active. The Lions proposal would keep that choice from coming back to hurt them if they wind up in the same dire straits as the 49ers.

6 responses to “Lions propose return to third quarterback rule

  1. No! The entire 53 man active roster should be available on game day for the teams. That is the easiest and most simple solution.

  2. “I’m surprised they dropped this rule.”

    It’s not like they just dropped it. It was replaced by an extra game day roster spot that could be used at any time. So the 45 man roster was increased to a 46 man roster. Teams could still use that extra spot for a QB, if they wanted.

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