Leagues and competitions around the world had to modify the rules and create health and safety protocols to resume play amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year to try to keep everyone as safe as possible and also to ensure that games and matches could occur if athletes tried. positive or exposed to the coronavirus.
Some of those changes may become permanent in the future.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (h / t Kevin Patra) reports that “all signs point” that the NFL and the NFL Players Association maintain multiple roster rules and 2020 season changes that took place at a time when the COVID-19 vaccine shots were not available to all players and staff members. Specifically, teams would be allowed to have an unlimited number of players returning from injured reserve during a season. Additionally, players who land on IR will only have to miss a minimum of three weeks instead of eight.
Outside of IR regulations, practice teams expanded to 16 players last season and could remain that way this year and beyond.
Pelissero noted that the NFL and NFLPA are still negotiating protocols for the remainder of the football year leading up to Super Bowl LVI next February and may not announce the finalized rules until training camp approaches. While fans may not care much about the size of practice teams, they will likely prefer IR stays to be kept to a minimum of three weeks to allow fantasy football stars and headlines to return. to active lineups faster than before 2020. station.