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NFL, NFLPA Finalize New IR Rule, Extended Trade Deadline

The NFLPA and the NFL came to terms on some rule changes for the upcoming season on Thursday as they have agreed to extended the trade deadline by two weeks and have tweaked how teams can use the injured reserve.

Players who were placed on IR by September 4 will be eligible to return at some point during the season. The old rule kept any player put on IR before the season off the roster for the remainder of the year. Any player placed on IR later than that date can return that season as well.

As for the trade deadline, it has been moved to Week 8 of the season instead of Week 6, giving teams extra flexibility to make a trade for a playoff push or have a fire sale.

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