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NFL And NFLPA Set New Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rule

The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a later trade deadline and a new injured reserve rule Thursday.

Aug.1, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) stretches during training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Aug.1, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) stretches during training camp. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL and NFL Players Association came to terms Thursday on a deal that moves the trade deadline back two weeks. The two sides also agreed on a new injured reserve rule that allows one player for each team to return off the IR each season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news on Twitter.

Negotiations over these issues have been going on for months now. Moving the trade deadline back two weeks, from Week 6 to the Tuesday after Week 8 could lead to more dealing in a league not known for big in-season trades, as general managers will have more time to accurately assess their team's postseason chances.

The old IR rule didn't allow any player placed on the IR to return during that season. Teams will now be permitted to bring back one player off the IR each year, if that player was put on the IR after Sept. 4.

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