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NFL, NFLPA Agree To New IR Rule, Trade Deadline

The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on a new trade deadline and injured reserve rule.

August 26 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls a play during the first quarter of a preseason game game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
August 26 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) calls a play during the first quarter of a preseason game game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement on two rule changes that have been a source of disagreement for several weeks. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the two side have reached an agreement on moving the trade deadline back two weeks, as well as changing the league's injured reserve rule.

The trade deadline will be moved from Week 6 to the Tuesday immediately following Week 8. This could lead to increased activity at the deadline as teams should have a better idea whether they are best served being a buyer or a seller with half a season under their belt.

Under the old injured reserve rule, a player placed on IR was out for the season. The new rule affords teams greater roster flexibility by allowing them to remove a player from IR later in the year.

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