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NFL still considering changes to trade deadline, roster rules

Rich McKay

Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL competition committee, speaks to reporters about proposed rule changes at the NFL owners meetings, Monday, March 21, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


The NFL has not yet decided whether to change its bylaws to move the trade deadline and tweak some roster rules, with owners deciding today that they need more time to consider the proposed changes.

Four different proposed bylaw changes were tabled at today’s meeting of the owners and will be taken up again when the owners get together in May.

“We just felt like there was some really good input, we’d table them and vote on them in May,” Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said.

Those four bylaws involved:

1. Moving the trade deadline from Week Six to Week Eight.

2. Increasing the offseason and training camp roster limit from 80 to 90.

3. Allowing one roster exemption per week for a player who’s inactive with a concussion.

4. Allowing a player who’s put on injured reserve early in the season to return to the field after eight weeks, rather than having all players on injured reserve automatically out for the season.

McKay said he didn’t sense much resistance from NFL owners to any of those bylaw changes, but he did hear from owners who wanted more time to consider all the implications of changing those bylaws, and he said the owners also wanted to give the NFL Players’ Association time to weigh in on its thoughts about changing roster rules.