On Thursday the NFL and the NFLPA (players association) approved several rule changes that will certainly affect all 32 NFL teams, but could also affect what General Manager "Trader" Mike Tannenbaum is able to do to help the team mid-season. The Associated Press provided the information for this article from their own on ESPN.
The first rule change relates to the NFL trade deadline, which in past seasons was just after week six of the season. Now the deadline has been moved back until after week eight of the regular season, which could provide more options and opportunities to make deals. Since we know that Mike Tannenbaum will always roll the dice and make a deal that could help improve the team mid season it does give the New York Jets a greater chance to help themselves should an injury befall them in the first half of the 2012 campaign.
Additionally, with regards to how teams can treat their injured reserve players, they will be able to activate one player after week six and return to play after week eight. The caveat for this rule change is that the player who is activated must have been placed onto injured reserve once the club cuts down to the final 53-man roster, which occurs this Friday by 9 p.m. Now for the Jets this means they will not be able to activate Josh Baker, since he went on injured reserve during the preseason, before they set the final roster. The injured reserve rule basically mirrors the PUP list rules, since players put on the physically unable to perform list cannot return before week six.
Hopefully the New York Jets can benefit from these rule changes, especially if the team should get off to a slow start in first half of the season to allow a player(s) to be brought in that could provide a spark and get the Jets rolling in the second half of the 2012 campaign that could lead towards the playoffs again.
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