NFL Owners Approve Trade Deadline Extension, New IR Rule

In addition to making it mandatory for players to wear hip and knee pads, the NFL owners also agreed to extend the trade deadline to after Week 8 of the regular season.

Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay anticipates it will lead to more action in the trade market without jeopardizing the integrity of the league’s competitive balance late in the season.

The owners will also allow one player from the Injured Reserve be added back to the active roster at a certain point in the regular season, but both of those rules will require further action before implementation.

The owners essentially empowered the league’s management counsel to discuss both of those rules proposals with the NFL Players Association, a necessary procedure toward making each a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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