Why Dennis Dixon Was Eligible For The Baltimore Ravens Practice Squad

I received a few emails asking why former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon was eligible to be signed to the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, so I thought I would drop a quick post on it so it would clarify it for all.

The CBA states in regard to practice squad eligibility:

(a) The practice squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a practice squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List
during the entire period of his employment.

(b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and been a member of the club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (A bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)

To illustrate this, I pulled the inactive list from the regular season games dating back to the time Dixon was on the Steelers roster. As you can see, during his accrued seasons Dixon was never on the active list for nine regular season games in one season.

2008
WEEKDAYOPPONENTSTATUS
1SunHouston TexansINACTIVE
2SunCleveland BrownsINACTIVE
3SunPhiladelphia EaglesINACTIVE
4MonBaltimore RavensINACTIVE
5SunJacksonville JaguarsINACTIVE
6 Bye WeekBYE
7SunCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
8SunNew York GiantsINACTIVE
9MonWashington RedskinsINACTIVE
10SunIndianapolis ColtsINACTIVE
11SunSan Diego ChargersINACTIVE
12ThuCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
13SunNew England PatriotsINACTIVE
14SunDallas CowboysINACTIVE
15SunBaltimore RavensINACTIVE
16SunTennessee TitansINACTIVE
17SunCleveland BrownsACTIVE
2009
WEEKDAYOPPONENTSTATUS
1ThuTennessee TitansINACTIVE
2SunChicago BearsINACTIVE
3SunCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
4SunSan Diego ChargersINACTIVE
5SunDetroit LionsINACTIVE
6SunCleveland BrownsINACTIVE
7SunMinnesota VikingsINACTIVE
8 Bye WeekBYE
9MonDenver BroncosINACTIVE
10SunCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
11SunKansas City ChiefsINACTIVE
12SunBaltimore RavensACTIVE
13SunOakland RaidersACTIVE
14ThuCleveland BrownsACTIVE
15SunGreen Bay PackersACTIVE
16SunBaltimore RavensACTIVE
17SunMiami DolphinsACTIVE
2010
WEEKDAYOPPONENTSTATUS
1SunAtlanta FalconsACTIVE
2SunTennessee TitansACTIVE
3SunTampa Bay BuccaneersINACTIVE
4SunBaltimore RavensINJ RES
5 Bye WeekBYE
6SunCleveland BrownsINJ RES
7SunMiami DolphinsINJ RES
8SunNew Orleans SaintsINJ RES
9MonCincinnati BengalsINJ RES
10SunNew England PatriotsINJ RES
11SunOakland RaidersINJ RES
12SunBuffalo BillsINJ RES
13SunBaltimore RavensINJ RES
14SunCincinnati BengalsINJ RES
15SunNew York JetsINJ RES
16ThuCarolina PanthersINJ RES
17SunCleveland BrownsINJ RES
2011
WEEKDAYOPPONENTSTATUS
1SunBaltimore RavensINACTIVE
2SunSeattle SeahawksINACTIVE
3SunIndianapolis ColtsINACTIVE
4SunHouston TexansINACTIVE
5SunTennessee TitansACTIVE
6SunJacksonville JaguarsACTIVE
7SunArizona CardinalsINACTIVE
8SunNew England PatriotsINACTIVE
9SunBaltimore RavensINACTIVE
10SunCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
11 Bye WeekBYE
12SunKansas City ChiefsINACTIVE
13SunCincinnati BengalsINACTIVE
14ThuCleveland BrownsINACTIVE
15MonSan Francisco 49ersACTIVE
16SatSt. Louis RamsACTIVE
17SunCleveland BrownsACTIVE

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