The NFL and NFL Players Association finalized two new rule changes Thursday revolving around the league's trade deadline and injured reserve process, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting. The trade deadline will be two weeks later, as it moved from Week 6 to Week 8, and now teams will be able to bring back an IR player later on in the season -- before a player placed on IR was out for the year
It was thought a few months ago that these new rules were already agreed upon, but apparently final details weren't settled.
Moving on, the hope is the new trade deadline will convince non-playoff teams to make trades with teams trying to make the playoffs. Before, the deadline was too early, as most teams weren't ready to give up on their seasons by Week 6.
As for the new IR rule, Schefter explains:
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.