In addition, more players are now eligible for the practice squad.
Under the previous rules, players lost a year of practice squad eligibility if they were on a team's practice squad for three games in a season. Now, it will take six games for a player to lose the year of eligibility.
Teams will also now be allowed to sign up to a maximum of two players to the practice squad who have earned two years of NFL service. Players were previously not eligible for the practice squad if they earned a year or more of service unless he was on the team's 46-player active gameday list for fewer than nine games in each of those years.