NFL, NFLPA Agree To New Trade Deadline, IR Rule

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 come to agreement on a new trade deadline as well as a revised injured reserve rule, according to a report by Adam Schefter on Thursday.

Thought to have come to terms on the changes months ago, the two sides failed to finalize the agreement. Now, with the specifics and language hammered out, the alterations are official.

The trade deadline will be moved back two weeks from Week 6 to Week 8 with the official deadline coming on the Tuesday following the eighth week of the regular season. With the majority of teams now afforded the ability to play half of their schedule, the potential for an increase in trades arises as teams will have a better understanding of the playoff picture.

The new injured reserved rule will allow teams more roster flexibility as they can 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.

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