Starting tomorrow, the NFL owners will begin their annual pre-draft meetings, this year in Palm Beach, Florida. This particular meeting is where the owners will consider a variety of potential rule changes. There are numerous possible changes on the table, but two of the most pertinent revolve around injuries and NFL rosters.
Currently, when a player is placed on injured reserve, he is ineligible to return to the active roster the rest of the regular season and playoffs. The Competition Committee submitted a rule that would allow teams to activate one player from injured reserve during the season. From my understanding, a player has to have been on the roster through the first week of regular season action. If that IR player is designated for return, they can return to practice six weeks later and play in a game eight weeks later.
A second injury adjustment would provide teams with an additional roster spot per week for a player who is inactive due to a concussion. Teams have been plenty inclined to deactivate players with concussion, but this provides more incentive to take as much time as needed to get the player back to 100%.
In addition to rule changes, the league will find itself discussing the Redskins and Cowboys salary cap discipline. The teams have filed a grievance challenging the league's decision to strip a combined $46 million in cap space from the teams. The teams included the NFL and NFLPA in the grievance, which opens the door for a neutral arbitrator instead of the commissioner resolving the decision. The salary cap money was spread out over the remaining teams, so if there is any sort of reversal, it remains to be seen how that cap money will be recouped.