Players are now eligible to return from injured reserve after four games; practice squads increased to 16 players
The NFL and the NFL Players Association recently agreed to new rules for the 2022 season, including regarding injured reserve and players having to miss a minimum of four games before they can return, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday night.
Players designated to return from the reserve/injured or reserve/non-football related injury/illness list are eligible to return after “four matches have elapsed from the date he was placed on the applicable reserve list” , according to the memo obtained by Garafolo. Previously, players could return after missing three games.
In addition to changes to injured reserve rules, the NFL and NFLPA recently agreed to alter the ramp-up period of training camp and alter practice squads, network insider Ian Rapoport reported. NFL.
In another change to the injured reserve protocol, teams will now have eight players allowed to return from IR and/or the reserve/non-football injury/illness list to the active 53-player roster or training squad, per season. An individual player may return from IR a maximum of two times per season, but each time counts towards the eight designations awarded to the team.
Among the changes to practice squads is that they are now allowed to have 16 players, which is up from the previous squad size of 14 players. Teams can now elevate individual players from the practice squad to the game day roster a maximum of three times per season, up from two which was the previous maximum.
The NFL and NFLPA have also changed the details to ramp-up periods during pre-season training camps. Field sessions that were not allowed to last more than two hours have now been limited to 90 minutes on Day 2, 105 minutes on Day 3 and remained at two hours for the last two days.