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Squabbling between NFL, NFLPA shelves rules changes


In May, the league approved pushing the trade deadline back two weeks, and creating a new category of injured reserve that would allow one player per team to come back midseason.

But those proposals won’t go into effect this season, and the reason is familiar — disagreements between the NFL and the NFLPA.

According to Alex Marvez of, a source said “the NFLPA unsuccessfully tried to get concessions from the NFL related to other negotiations in exchange for accepting the new trade and IR rules.”

“There was no agreement on it with the union,” league spokesman Greg Aiello told Marvez. “The old rules apply.”

The league had sent out a memo two weeks ago telling teams the plan had yet to be approved by the NFLPA.

A separate source told Marvez the league tied the changes to an effort to amend in-season practice rules, which the NFLPA balked at.

“The changes would have meant one step forward and one step back,” NFL executive George Atallah told Marvez.

It’s good to know with last year’s CBA that there are nine more years of labor peace. Because it hasn’t seemed very peaceful yet.