The NFL and NFLPA agreed today to revise the rule regarding players on Injured Reserve. Instead of being out for the entire season, teams can re-activate one player from IR later in the season. 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. Injured players also eligible to return to Active List if has been on IR for at least 8 weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.
The NFL Players Association also agreed to move the league’s trading deadline back two weeks to after games in Week 8. It moves from Oct 16 to Oct 30, the Tuesday after Week 8.
Also, starting in 2013, if an NFL player reports or signs during camp, he can now practice one day after passing physical, and no longer has to wait 3 days.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick offered no update on the status of RG Brian Waters today.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is not expected to play in Week 1 as he recovers from a fractured clavicle.