New NFL deal has new IR rules, pushes back trade deadline

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt two new bylaws for the 2012 season.

One of the bylaws pushed the trade deadline back until after week eight. The previous trade deadline occurred after week six. That means the new trade deadline will be October 30.

The other Bylaw allows clubs to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions.

Since this rule is being adopted after the cutdown to 75 players, for 2012 only, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a transition procedure that permits clubs to return to their 53-player active list one player placed on Reserve/Injured since the start of preseason training camp. This selection of that player must be made no later than 6:00 p.m. PST tomorrow, Friday, August 31.

Following the cutdown to 53 players, the new Reserve/Injured rule will work as follows:


1. Only players with a "major injury" who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 1:00pm PST on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.

2. A "major injury" is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.

3. Each team may reactivate only one player placed on Reserve/Injured after 1:00pm PST on Tuesday, September 4. That player must be "designated for return" at the time the club places him on Reserve/Injured, and such designation shall appear on that day's Personnel Notice.

4. Such player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve. He is eligible to return to the Active List if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.

Now go take some aspirin. Your head must be killing you.

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