CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and NFLPA Executive Director Demaurice Smith signs the NFL's new 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame August 5, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The NFL and NFLPA have finalized discussions on a new trade deadline and injured reserve rule.
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to push back the trade deadline by two weeks as well as implement a new injured reserve rule, according to a report by Adam Schefter on Thursday.
It was originally assumed that the two sides had already established an agreement on these issues but the terms had yet to be solidified. Now, the agreement is official.
The trade deadline will be moved from Week 6 to Week 8, with the official deadline coming the Tuesday after the conclusion of the eighth week of the regular season. With the majority of teams having the opportunity to play half their schedule by that point, the potential arises for more trades to be made than in previous years because organizations will have a better understanding of where they sit in the playoff picture.
The new injured reserved rule will allow teams more roster flexibility as they can now place one player on IR and bring him back during the course of the season. Under the old rule, a player was done for the year once placed on IR.
Via Schefter's report:
Only players with a "major injury" who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.
For more information on the new rules, check out SB Nation's Football Hub.