The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have agreed to terms on two new provisions for the 2012 season on Thursday.
The first moves the NFL's trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8. This means the 2012 deadline has changed from Tuesday, October 16 to Tuesday, October 30.
The second provision allows teams to re-activate one player from the Injured Reserve list. For teams to do so, a player must have suffered a "major injury," defined as an injury that would keep that player out for at least six weeks. That player also has to be someone who is placed on Injured Reserve after 4 PM (EST) on Tuesday, September 4. At the time the player is placed on Injured Reserve, the team must notify the NFL that he is "designated for return." The team can only use this designation once per year.
That player can return to practice if he has been on the Injured Reserve list for at least six weeks. He can return to the active roster if he has been on the Injured Reserve list for at least eight weeks.
Since the rule was passed so late in the preseason, the NFL will allow teams to use the designation on a player who is already on Injured Reserve for this year only. Teams must notify the league if they want to use the designation on a player already on Injured Reserve by Friday at 9 PM.
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