NFL, NFLPA Agree To New Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rules

DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to changes to the trade deadline and injured reserve for the upcoming season.

Changes are coming to injured reserve and the NFL trade deadline. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to changes to both of those things, after months of back-and-forth on the matter. The framework for these changes have been in place for several months, but the NFLPA has had some hangups until now.

The changes reflected include moving the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8. More accurately, the trade deadline will be on the Tuesday following Week 8's NFL action. SB Nation's Joel Thorman speaks as to why that could help increase trading activity:

The problem with having it early is that most teams still believe they have a shot in Week 6 and are therefore unwilling to part with star players. By moving it back two weeks we could see more action.

It will be interesting to see if this actually increases trade activity, as the NFL hasn't ever been a sport where blockbuster trades are made with regularity.

For injured reserve, a rule has been added that allows teams to take one player off of injured reserve and return him to the full roster later in the season. According to Schefter, a player who is placed on injured reserve after 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 4, can be taken off of injured reserve at a later date.

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