The NFL Players Association and the NFL have completed a pair of rule changes for the upcoming season on Thursday by modifying the usage of players on the injured reserve list, while extending the trade deadline during the season as well.
Before this new rule change, a player placed on IR before the season started was ineligible to return to the team for the remainder of the year. Now players can be placed on IR by Sept. 4 and still return at some point during the season if the injury allows. Like before, any player placed on IR later than that date can return that season as well.
As for the trade deadline, it has simply been pushed back by two weeks to Week 8 of the season instead of of its previous spot during Week 6. This gives teams extra flexibility and time to make a trade for a potential playoff push.