Here is what you need to know on this Friday, the day the Redskins cut their roster down to 53 players.
NFL, union finally agree on new IR and trade deadline rules
The new trade deadline rule is simple. Instead of cutting off trades at 4 p.m. on the Tuesday after Week 6 games they will be permitted up until the same time and day after Week 8.
The revised injured reserve rule is a bit more complex. Our friends at Pro Football Talk have all of the details here. The quick explanation is that a player who is on a team’s 53-man roster when the final cuts are made (i.e. as of today at 9 p.m.) can be placed on injured reserve anytime after 4 p.m. on Tuesday and then brought back onto the roster after a minimum of six weeks. The injury that lands the player on IR must be “serious”, something that presumably is defined separately in a side agreement between the league and the union.
Previously a player who went on injured reserve would have to remain on it for the rest of the season.
The Redskins don’t have anyone on whom they would use the designation right now. Jammal Brown has already been placed on the PUP list with his hip injury and the team will be able to activate him between Weeks 6 and 9.
However, the IR activation could be used for a player who gets injured any time up until Week 10.
Tandler and Tarik all over final cuts
My partner Tarik El-Bashir and I will be all over today’s final cuts by the Redskins and the rest of the NFL. We’ll keep you up to speed on who is going and who is staying. And as a bonus, we’ll give you solid analysis of the moves.
It is unlikely that the Redskins will give us the official list of players released until after the 9 p.m. deadline but we should know most or all of them well before that.
So, follow our coverage here and on CSNwashington.com. We’ll not only tell you what happened, we’ll tell you what it means.
No media availability today.
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Days until: Redskins @ Saints 9; home opener vs. Bengals 23; RG3’s first division game @ Giants 51; Thanksgiving Redskins @ Cowboys 83