NFL Approves New 8 Week Injured Reserve Rule – Perfect Spot For DeCastro

Some good news on Thursday as Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that the NFL and the NFLPA have come to an agreement on a new 8 week injured reserve rule that can be used on one player in 2012.

It was looking like this new rule change wasn\’t going to get approved by the NFLPA, but in passing it, it will allow the Pittsburgh Steelers to place rookie right guard David DeCastro on injured reserve, where he will stay for eight weeks.

DeCastro injured his right knee in the Steelers third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills and was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to reportedly repair a dislocated knee cap, a torn MCL and damage to the patellar tendon.

As Schefter points out, only players with a “major injury” who are placed on Reserve/Injured list after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.

This means that DeCastro must first be carried on the 53 man roster after the final cuts are made Friday night. After that, he can be placed on injured reserve list Tuesday following the deadline.

Teams can only use the 8 week rule on one player.

  • joed32

    A good common sense rule change. Good for the players and the teams.

  • Steve Duncan

    Yeah,my understanding is the only reason it wasn’t approved before is that the owners insisted on coupling it with several rules changes governing practices that the players did not want. Maybe they did the sensible thing and split them.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Okay, so let me make sure I understand this correctly. In the original roster cuts, DeCastro must be kept as part of the 53. Then on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, the team can place him on the 8 week IR. At this point the team will be allowed to sign a replacement player to use his spot for that time. If this is indeed true, I expect Batch to be released when things are cut, and then resigned on Wednesday. That is just my gut.

  • Guest

    This is the first time I’ve seen it listed at an 8 week IR…the only other mention of 8 weeks is the new trade deadline will not be week 8.

  • SteelersDepot

    Not week8 , player must stay on IR 8 weeks after placed there.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Put DeCastro on it and maybe even Worilds.

  • that is moreso good news for someone on the bubble.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Quick question here. Is this an 8 week IR that can be used at any point during the year or is this you can designate a player at the beginning and after week 8 they can return.

    In other words, could they wait 2 weeks to put DeCastro on the 8weekIR and then have him return after week 10?

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Nevermind – its only for 1 player