National Football League eliminates 75 man roster cut down

Hope Soto
May 25, 2017

In years past, teams have been required to cut down their rosters to 75 players before the preseason finale, and then they would have to do another roster cutdown to 53 players following that game.

The league has also eliminated one roster cut-down deadline, with teams no longer cutting rosters down from 90 to 75 players.

Eliminating an extra round of cuts also adds more intrigue to cutdown day as more than 1,000 players will become free agent nearly simultaneously.

Goodell spoke out strongly against an initiative to eliminate the cut down from 90 to 75 players, according to sources who were present in the closed-door sessions. This is coming a year after the National Football League changed the rule stating a team didn't have to designate a player to return from IR, but can take a more wait-and-see approach.

The NFL has made a decision to issue a new rule that could change the end of the preseason, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.

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Another resolution was passed that will allow teams to bring two players back from injured reserve during the season.

The @NFL has passed a rule change moving overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, per league official. They NFL will likely never have a system like Major League Baseball, where teams can move players on and off the disabled list, while shuffling players within the organization to keep the roster at full strength - without opening them to being picked up by other teams. However, there is a caveat with this flexibility: there will now be a 40-second play clock on PATs. According to reports, players will no longer get flagged for group celebrations, they can use the ball as a prop and can "go to the ground", whatever that means.

What didn't pass? The most significant rule change tabled looks like the ability to negotiate head coaching contracts with assistant coaches that are still in their team's playoff runs.

The numbers was abnormally high, as New Orleans had players miss 153 games due to injury in 2015 and 155 in 2014. No longer will they have the first roster cutdown, and now there will be two players allowed to return from IR - both of which make sense.

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