Owners table third quarterback rule, but there is a “lot of support” for it

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The 49ers lost both of their active quarterbacks to injuries in the NFC Championship Game, essentially turning them into a run-only offense and ending any chance they had of upsetting the Eagles. That prompted a call for a return of the emergency quarterback.

The Lions formally proposed a rule that would allow for a third quarterback to dress on game days and enter the game if the other two quarterbacks are injured.

Owners tabled it Tuesday but expect to discuss it again in May.

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.

“We talked through it. I think there is a lot of support for it,” Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay said. “There’s just a lot of logistics that go into it. Then, there’s the question of: Should that third quarterback rule apply to the practice squad player or only a player on the 53? There’s definitely a difference of opinion when it comes to that.

“I think our idea was to work on that, and it could be something that shows up this year. We’ll talk about it again in May. But I do believe there was a lot of support for it.”

Teams are free to carry three (or more) quarterbacks on their gameday rosters now but rarely does a team do so.

6 responses to “Owners table third quarterback rule, but there is a “lot of support” for it

  1. They better get this figured out. Putting Purdue back in the NFC Championship Game injured was embarrassing.

  2. SF flubbed around and found out.

    They could have had a 3rd QB active but chose against it.

    Maybe, next year, during their biggest game of the year, they should consider making that 3rd QB active. I bet they do this time around as well as other teams. Especially a team like SF that really doesn’t need a QB. Just someone to hand off and throw it 10 yards every once in a while.

    Or, have a wildcat package already set up. Can’t believe they didn’t have a few wildcat plays in their pockets with such a robust running game and so many running threats.

  3. You can have 43 Quarterbacks active if you want.. Do NOT make a new “rule” for one damn position. Carry as many qbs rbs wrs dbs as your team needs. If the NFL wants they can change the amount of active players on game day allowed, not just qbs!

  4. So owners don’t care about making the game better just letting people where the #0 jersey. Got it

  5. No need for that. Make the entire 53 man roster active for all games. Period!

  6. Why not 51 + 3 quarterbacks always. Seems simple. I’m also fine with leaving it as is or making it 54. This doesn’t have to be complicated. The Niners could have chosen to carry 3 in the NFC Championship. But when your backup is already Josh Johnson due to all the previous injuries, I don’t see how the 3rd stringer would have faired much better.

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