News From the NFL league offices:
All teams now allowed 10 players on their practice squads.
“First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.
“Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.”
The new rule will gives each team more flexibility following the roster downsizing which comes during the next two weeks.
Teams must trim their 90-man roster down to 75 by 4 p.m. on Aug. 26. By Aug. 30, they need to be cut down to 53.
The practice squad allows teams to develop talent and stock up on valued practice players.
Now, teams can reserve two spots for players with up to two accrued seasons so long as they spent less than nine games on their team’s active roster in each season.