NFL owners, meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, have adopted a new bylaw governing the Injured Reserve-Designated to Return list. It’s the result of a proposal made by the Buffalo Bills.
Since 2012, teams have been allowed to designate one player they wanted to bring back from the injured reserve list, but they had to designate that return player at the time he went on IR. Under the new bylaw, teams do not have to make a decision on which IR player is “Designated to Return” until the player is actually ready to return.
“Good change in our mind,” NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said at the meetings Wednesday. “It allows you the flexibility of not having to designate that player when you put that player on injured reserve or non-football injury.”
McKay explained that the way the new procedure works, teams designate which player is the returning player when “his time is up.” The new bylaw maintains several old provisions, including that the player must spend at least six weeks on injured reserve. Then, that player can return and practice, and play in a game two weeks later.
Buffalo’s playing rule proposal to open up Instant Replay to all plays on the field was voted down.
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