The NFL and NFLPA are reportedly working to keep roster management alterations in place from the 2020 season, including shorter injured reserve stints and expanded practice squad, according NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Nothing official, but all signs point to the NFL and NFLPA keeping in place for 2021 several of last year’s COVID-related changes to roster rules, including unlimited/faster return from IR and 16-man practice squads, per sources. Those tweaks were popular with teams and players.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 2, 2021
The changes, which were implemented to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, allowed players to return sooner from injury, while also adding flexibility and increased recovery time. They were a hit with both teams and players.
Both sides particularly liked the modified IR rules, which allowed players to return in three weeks instead of eight and removed the cap on the number of players designated for return. Teams had more flexibility, and players often got extra time to recover from minor injuries.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 2, 2021
According to Pelissero, a resolution on whether or not the changes will stay for the 2021 season is not expected until the start of training camp.
The NFL and NFLPA continue to talk on a variety of issues, so final word on roster rules, COVID protocols, etc., may not come until closer to the start of training camp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 2, 2021