National Football League changes rules on roster cuts and injured reserve

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In years past, teams have been required to cut down their rosters to 75 players before the preseason finale, and then they would have to do another roster cutdown to 53 players following that game.

During league meetings this week in Chicago, NFL owners voted to approve a rule change regarding roster cuts.

The NFL passed the rule allowing a team to have 2 players, not just one, to return to the lineup after being placed on injured reserve.

The NFL passed a resolution that will eliminate the way rosters are trimmed at the end of training camp.

In summary: Broncos players on the roster bubble will have more opportunities to make the team, overtime games will be shorter and two players will be allowed to come back from IR.

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They'll also continue to ban sexually suggestive celebrations, so the "Three Pump Rule" will continue to be a "No Pump Rule".

Which explains why the Competition Committee was on board with this roster change - even if the big guy wasn't - and why powerful owners like Jerry Jones and John Mara voted in favor of the change despite Goodell's objections. The game is usually played by those who are competing for spots at the bottom of the roster.

A new rule will allow two players to return from injured reserve later in the season. They NFL will likely never have a system like Major League Baseball, where teams can move players on and off the disabled list, while shuffling players within the organization to keep the roster at full strength - without opening them to being picked up by other teams. It's an old criticism of the NFL, calling it the No Fun League as it penalized players for anything the refs thought was excessive.

This season, the preseason wraps up on September 1. For example, players can "use the football as a prop after a TD", "celebrate on the ground", and do "group demonstrations". Albert Breer is reporting the league has removed the first cut to 75 players. The 40-second clock will start immediately after a touchdown and that should more than take care of that possible problem.

Goodell added, "The number one thing that I took away from the conversations with players is the incredible commitment they have to the game and the integrity of the game". The ones the fans and players love, though, will be back and better than ever. Players designated to return are eligible to practice after six weeks on IR and play after eight weeks.