NFL, NFLPA Agree To New IR Rule, Trade Deadline

HOUSTON - AUGUST 18: Troy Nolan #33 of the Houston Texans and Shiloh Keo #31 of the Houston Texans celebrate a big defensive stop in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Reliant Stadium on August 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston defeats San Francisco 20-9. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on a new trade deadline and injured reserve rule.

The NFL and NFLPA have finally reached an agreement on two new rules that had been a source of contention for a couple of months. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the two sides have agreed to push the trade deadline back two weeks, and implement a new injured reserve rule.

The trade deadline will be pushed from Week 6 to the Tuesday immediately following Week 8. This could lead to an increase in action around the deadline as teams should have a clearer picture of whether they're a buyer or seller with half a season under their belt.

The injured reserve rule has been changed to allow teams to place a player on IR with the ability to remove him later in the year. Under the old rule, a player on IR was done for the season.

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