Report: Players nixed trade deadline, IR proposals

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Players voted down proposed changes owners had previously approved that would have moved the trade deadline back two weeks and also allowed teams to bring back one player who had entered the regular season on injured reserve.
The proposal required the players association approval. According to, the NFLPA tried to get concessions from the league on other collectively bargained matters in exchange for accepting the new rules.
The same report said the proposal from the league included changes to in-season practice rules.
The trade deadline remains the day after Week 6 ends, Oct. 16, rather than the day after Week 8 ends as the owners requested. The thought on the owners side was more teams know their place in the NFL pecking order -- i.e., rather they are buyers or sellers, contenders or pretenders -- by midseason. The later deadline could have sparked more trade activity.
The amendment to injured reserve rules would've kept open the possibility that a player with an injury entering the regular season could be activated to the 53-man roster. Instead, once a player is placed on injured reserve he is restricted from returning to play for that team that season.