The trade deadline moves to the Tuesday after Week 8, which will fall on October 30 this year, from the traditional Tuesday after Week 6 in previous seasons.
The bigger change is in how one designated player can come off IR after eight weeks of the regular season. Because the change comes after the first roster deadline, teams are allowed to designate one player who is already on IR to go on to the active roster, then be moved to Reserve/Injured – Designated to Return. That designation on players currently on IR has to be decided by Friday, Aug. 31.
if teams do not use that exception, any player with a “major injury” after the final reduction to 53 players can be placed on that list.
In either case, that designated player can practice after Week 6 and are eligible to return to the active roster after Week 8.
The full NFL release is below:
NFL-NFLPA AGREE TO ADOPT BYLAW PROPOSALS INVOLVING TRADE DEADLINE, INJURED RESERVE RULES
The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced today.
Bylaw proposal No. 2 moves the trading deadline from Tuesday, October 16 – the Tuesday after Week 6 of the regular season – to Tuesday, October 30, the Tuesday after Week 8.
Bylaw proposal No. 6A permits clubs to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions.
Since this rule is being adopted after the cutdown to 75 players, for 2012 only, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a transition procedure that permits clubs to return to their 53-player active list one player placed on Reserve/Injured since the start of preseason training camp. This selection of that player must be made no later than 9:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, Friday, August 31.
Following the cutdown to 53 players, the new Reserve/Injured rule will work as follows:
1. 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.
2. A “major injury” is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.
3. Each team may reactivate only one player placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4. That player must be “designated for return” at the time the club places him on Reserve/Injured, and such designation shall appear on that day’s Personnel Notice.
4. Such player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve. He is eligible to return to the Active List if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.