Placing a Player on IR in the NFL


The reason for IR is to free up space on the team's 53-man roster if a player has an injury that makes him unable to play for the rest of the season.

Once a player is assigned to IR, that player's roster spot is now available on the teams roster. This roster spot is used to bring another player in to fill his space. If that player was just sat out, he would still count against the roster and the team would have no room to make an addition to fill his spot.

Once a player is put on IR, he cannot be activated again for the remainder of the season (Exception).

The point of sitting a player out is if that player has an injury that will only sideline him for 1-3 weeks or simply not the whole season. The player could also be put on the Injured Reserve/Designated To Return...

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METAIRIE, La. -- My first reaction to the news that Nick Fairley is out for the season because of a heart condition has nothing to do with football.

It would be devastating news for anybody -- and it's an especially tough diagnosis for Fairley, who can’t seem to catch a break in the NFL. The 29-year-old finally had his breakout season with the New Orleans Saints last year after a turbulent start to his career, and he really seemed to enjoy playing close to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, for the team his family grew up cheering on.

Fairley had a lot going on off the field last year, too, with the birth of his daughter and the unexpected death of his mother. I can’t even begin to imagine the emotional toll this has taken on him.

I hope he’s at peace with the decision, though -- or eventually gets there -- because as obvious as the decision might seem, it can't be easy for the player or team to potentially end Fairley's career.

We don’t know all the...

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When training camp starts up next month (7/24 for rookies and 7/27 for veterans), you will likely hear, read, or see some of the following terms, or words in various forms of the media. ‘PUP List’, ‘NFI List’, and unfortunately you might hear ‘IR’, as well. What are they? What do they mean?

NFL teams have a 90-man active roster during training camp and for the first time, get to keep that number of players until the final cut down.

90 Man Active Roster

• Players actively practicing, or in the very least slightly limited
• PUP LIST – a list of players that are Physically Unable to Perform.
o Active/Preseason PUP list
o Reserve/Regular Season PUP list.
• NFI List – Non-Football Injury list

Players who do not count against the 90 man/53 man active rosters
• Reserve/Did Not Report – Essentially a player holding out, skipping camp
• IR – Injured Reserve, players that are out for the season
• IR-RD – Injured Reserve – Return...

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(Before It's News)

Key Dates, Deadlines and Salary Cap Ramifications in 2017

As Training Camp approaches, several key NFL calendar dates become important and have great significance for purposes of building the team’s roster and its Salary Cap.


Several key factors are already in effect and have already come into play:

• Rule of 51 – At this time of the offseason, a team’s Salary Cap is determined by the “Rule of 51”. The Rule of 51 is in effect because team rosters now total 90 players (or more if some players are already on Injured Reserve) and it would be impossible to fit all 90+ players under the Cap. As such, the league’s CBA dictates that only the highest 51 Salary Cap numbers (and all bonus prorations for players outside of the top 51 and all dead money from players released) counts against the Cap at this time. This is the Rule of 51. The RSR’s Salary Cap table illustrates how the Rule of 51 operates.

• Waivers – As...

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[Ed Note] Unfortunately, with the injury to John Phillips, this article touches on a subject we are already dealing with this season.

Football is a violent sport. For the last four years, about three hundred players per year suffered season-ending injuries that put them on the Injured Reserve (IR) list. These players suffer injuries that you can't tape up and there's no way to 'play through the pain'. For the most part, these are serious, career threatening injuries.

A recent study published in the Foot & Ankle Specialist found that more than a third of the NFL players who suffered an Achilles tendon injury were unable to return to the NFL. Those who did resume professional play saw their power ratings drop by an average of 50%.

I have gone through the IR data for the last four years, and without getting too graphic, some of the injuries read like the emergency room admittance list after a mass casualty incident.

When the rosters are cut down to 53...

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As NFL teams trim their rosters from 90 players to 53 by Saturday, most of the transactions this week will be described as "cuts." But it's not that simple.

There are different classifications for the ways a player can be removed from the roster. The difference between being waived and released is the most basic.

When a non-vested player (someone with less than four years of experience) gets cut, he is subjected to waivers, which gives every team 24 hours to claim him. The player becomes a free agent if he is not claimed on waivers. When a vested veteran is cut (released) in the preseason, he can immediately sign with any team.

Giants cut roster to 75

The designation waived/injured is a bit more complicated. The Giants cut three players this week with the waived/injured designation: Fullback Nikita Whitlock (foot), tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) and tight end Ryan Malleck (burner).

After doing some research and speaking to league sources, here are...

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The NFL has been adjusting the injured reserve rules on the fly in recent years. Intially, once a player was placed on IR, freeing up a spot for hte club to sign another player to their 53-man roster. That was deemed outdated as clubs were having to decide whether or not to carry a guy who was out for lengthy stretches but who could return late in the season. In 2012, the league began allowing teams to designate one player, at the beginning of his IR stint, to be eligible to return. In 2016, the rule was again altered no longer requiring teams to identify said player in advance.

Moving forward, the NFL will likely change the rule again, allowing two players to come off of IR.

At league meeting next week, NFL owners will vote on proposal to allow a second player to come off IR in season. Likely to be approved.

— Judy Battista (@judybattista) May 17, 2017

How could this rule have benefited the Cowboys last season?

The biggest boost this...

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The injured reserve list (IR list) is an official designation used by the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) for athletes who become injured and temporarily unable to play. It is analogous to the injured list in the Canadian Football League (CFL) or the disabled list in Major League Baseball (MLB). The National Basketball Association does not have a direct analog to an injured reserve list, instead using a more general-purpose "inactive list" that does not require a player to be injured.

It is used because the rules of these leagues allow for only a certain numbers of players on each team's roster. Designating a player as "Injured/Reserve" frees up a spot, enabling the team to add a new player during the injured athlete's convalescence. In the NFL, when a player is placed on the list he cannot return to play for the remainder of the regular season; the other leagues allow the player to return to play during the season. The NBA's inactive list is...

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In the National Football League (NFL), the premier professional league for American football, a player who has suffered an injury that is significant enough to cause him to miss one or more games might be placed on the injured reserve (IR) list by his team. Any player who is on injured reserve remains under contract with the team but cannot practice or play in that team's games for the rest of that season. A player on IR also does not count against the team's 53-man roster limit, so the team is able to sign another player as a replacement. As of June 2012, the NFL was in the process of revising its rules to allow one player per team to be placed on IR and still be eligible to play in games later that season, under certain circumstances, but the rule change had not been finalized.

Roster Rules

The NFL limits the number of players a team can have on its roster. During the season, the limit is 53 players. Only 46 of those players can be on the active list for a game,...

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The San Francisco 49ers will welcome their rookies and veterans to training camp this coming Saturday, July 30. The first full squad practice will likely follow that on Sunday, July 31. Teams are allowed to bring in quarterbacks and injured players (those who could not participate in the offseason workout program) prior to that report date, but there is usually not a formal date listed.

The arrival of players means all players will be taking physicals. If there are any issues, players will then be placed on the Active/PUP or Active/NFI lists. We know players like Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams are a question mark, but often there are one or two surprises that show up in the team’s formal injury list announcements.

The last three years (2013, 2014, 2015), we have provided Niners Nation with the rules regarding the difference between the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform), the Non-Football Injury (NFI) and IR (Injured Reserve) rules, and used examples of 49ers players...

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A rule change passed Wednesday morning basically eliminates the injured reserve – desginated for return list but does not eliminate the rule allowing one player per team, per season to return to action from...

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The dreaded Salary Cap exists to keep all teams relatively equal in terms of roster strength. It only applies to Franchise modes (assuming you don't disable it); Madden Ultimate Team ignores it, and you can customize a roster to do anything you want for Play Now games. Note that online games still require the latest official roster, and cannot be altered.

The salary cap is the maximum limit you can spend for all your players' combined salaries, and is basically the same for all teams. Players' contracts always feature the same salary for each year of the contract; Madden NFL 16 does not feature back-ended or front-ended contracts like some previous iterations of the franchise. In any Franchise mode, you can view all salaries for your players by going to the Salaries screen through the My Team tile.

Contracts are made of two parts: salary and bonus. In Be an Owner mode, bonus money is pulled from your team's treasury, seen in the very top-right corner of the screen on...

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The New England Patriots are down to pulling guys off the street to run the football. LeGarrette Blount was officially placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, ending his season and adding another body to the pile of 16 Patriots unable to suit up the rest of the year. Blount joins fellow Pats running back Dion Lewis on IR, leaving Tom Brady’s options when he turns to handoff to his tailback somewhere between Brandon Bolden, James White an Montee Ball, who New England signed to their practice squad.

The Patriots don’t even have the misfortune of boasting the longest list of names on IR this season, as New England is tied with the New York Giants at 16 players (and counting), four behind the Baltimore Ravens, with 20, according to Spotrac’s updated list as of December 15. The long list of injured players isn’t a new trend this year, mind you. The Giants had 20 players on IR at this time last year, for example, a trend the NFL has been spending...

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NFL owners will vote on an interesting rule change proposal next week at the Spring League Meeting and according to one esteemed columnist, it’s likely to be approved.

According to Judy Battista of, the rule change proposal in question is designed to allow a second player to come off a team’s Reserve/Injured list during a season. Currently, NFL rules allow teams to bring back one player from their Reserve/Injured list during a season. That player, however, must first sit out at least eight weeks prior to being allowed to return. Additionally, teams currently do not have to designate which player they want to return from their Reserve/Injured list until such a move is actually made.

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers wound up using their one designated to return allowance on outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who missed the first half of the year due to a sports hernia that needed to be surgically repaired. Throughout the 2016 regular season, the Steelers also...

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It’s a good time to be an in-demand NFL player, as record spending is making the league’s top free agents richer than ever. As of Tuesday, NFL teams had spent $1.9 billion on unrestricted targets through the first six days of free agency, with $922 million of that guaranteed. Last spring, teams spent $1 billion guaranteed over six weeks. For valuable players hitting the market at the right moment, big deals are the new normal.

For everyone else, though, settling is. The rising salary cap, which sits at $167 million for the 2017...

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PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he is facing the coming season with renewed energy after an offseason cancer scare.

Arians reveals in his new book "The Quarterback Whisperer" that a small spot was detected on his kidney while he was being examined for a hernia problem in December.

He said in the book that the diagnosis was renal cell carcinoma. A small portion of his kidney was removed in February "and now I feel great," he said.

The 64-year-old coach said his energy has returned and he's ready for at least one more season as an NFL coach.

The cancer was found at an early enough stage that Arians' kidney was saved. He told NFL Network that he feels very lucky.

It was Arians' second bout with cancer. He beat prostate cancer in 2007.

Bills: Police release arrest video of Washington
SHARONVILLE, Ohio -- Police in Ohio on Wednesday released cruiser and body cam video of the arrest of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle...

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Speaking about second-round RB Joe Mixon, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he's "off the charts talent-wise."

"Big, fast, catch, run, see, smart — and he's a 20-year-old kid," Lewis said. "He's as smart as a whip. ... And I keep reminding everybody, he's a 20-year-old kid. Keep understanding that. Let Joe continue to grow and develop as we go." Lewis also insisted the Bengals did rigorous vetting of Mixon's off-the-field history, saying the team couldn't turn up any "red flags" following the disturbing 2014 incident where Mixon was caught on film punching a woman. Mixon is in for a major rookie role, but will be on an extremely short leash for his entire NFL career. He can't afford any...

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Joe from Gaylord, MI

Hey guys. What sort of effect does it have on a team, such as the Vikings, to lose your starting QB this late in the offseason?

It’s definitely an obstacle, especially with the expectations the Vikings have for this season. You hope for the best for Bridgewater on a personal level, but I don’t think it’s the disaster some are making it out to be as it relates to on-the-field performance. As long as Adrian Peterson is healthy, you can’t take the Vikings lightly. I mean, Minnesota made the playoffs in 2012-13 with Christian Ponder and Joe Webb playing quarterback for them. The foundation they’ve built is much stronger now than it was four years ago. Shaun Hill isn’t a Pro Bowler, but he’s proven to be an adequate hand. Don’t sleep on them.

Linda from Elwood, IL

Two quick questions. What is a conditional draft pick? Why did the Packers release Masthay? His stats appear to be better than the player they signed from Tampa Bay.


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Tom Brady was added to the Patriots active roster on Saturday as expected in advance of making his Week 5 debut against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.

A spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster became available on Friday after quarterback Jacoby Brissett was placed on injured reserve. According to the Boston Globe, Brissett underwent surgery to repair a thumb that he injured during New England's Week 3 win over the Texans.

Brissett played a huge part in the Patriots' success while Brady was suspended. During Brady's four weeks out, Brissett started in two games and played roughly one half in a third game after New England lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury in Week 2.

During Brissett's time on the field, he completed 34 of 55 passes for 400 yards. The 2016 third-round pick also rushed the ball 16 times for 83 yards, a total that includes an impressive 27-yard touchdown run against the Texans.

After Brissett injured his thumb in Week 3, it...

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The Detroit Lions' starting running back is headed to injured reserve.

The team announced it placed Ameer Abdullah on IR after he underwent surgery for a foot injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Abdullah will miss at least the next eight games. The new IR rule allows each NFL team to take one player off injured reserved after eight weeks. Unlike previous years, the designation doesn't have to be established when the player goes on IR. The Lions can make a determination based on Abdullah's recovery timeline.

Coach Jim Caldwell added Wednesday that "we'll see" if Abdullah can return this season.

After initial X-rays indicated potentially positive news regarding Abdullah, the back spent Tuesday with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Following the visit, the Lions decided to sideline the back for at least eight weeks.

With Abdullah on the shelf, the Lions will turn to Theo Riddick...

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Custom league managers may choose to enable a Reserve slot to allow an injured or suspended NFL player to be placed on a non-active fantasy roster slot. If a player meets a number of NFL-specific roster designations and you believe upon return to an active NFL roster that he will be an impact player for your team, you can place the player on this Reserve (RES) slot.

Players are eligible for the Reserved slot if they are officially labeled by their NFL team as:

IR: Injured Reserve NON: Non Football Related Injured Reserve SUS: Suspended PUP: Physically Unable to Perform EXE: Exempt

Once a player is moved to the RES roster position, you will have an open spot on your roster and can add a player to your active roster without the need to drop someone. Note that when the time comes to activate your reserved player, you will need to make a corresponding transaction to ensure your roster meets league-specified roster limits.

Once a player becomes active, you can keep...

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So your stud running back just had a season-ending injury and you watched your fantasy season collapse before your eyes. Now you've regained your composure, you're here and you're wondering how you can move him to an IR slot and carry on valiantly. First off, we feel your pain. More than likely the system hasn't updated their official injury status to IR yet (as marked with an asterisk and an "IR" tag next to the player's name) so until that happens he's stuck on your active roster.

If the tag already appears then you're in luck! Just click on the "Manage IR" link at the top of your team page and follow the instructions from there. To move a player back from IR to your active roster do the exact same thing - click on the "Manage IR" link on your team page and then activate the player. It should be noted that the link will only appear in leagues which use IR slot(s), so if you don't see it just complain to your commish until they change the...

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Hey man, thanks a lot for answering. That’s a really good answer. I appreciate your help. Please continue to be patient. If you don’t mind, can you oblige me by answering these clarifying questions? …

Ok, so, the advantage of placing a player on the IR list is that it frees up a spot on the official 53 man roster, correct? But the disadvantage is that the IR player’s salary counts against the salary cap, correct?

Is the 53 man roster just a maximum, and not an absolute mandate? i.e. can a team have a 52 man roster?

Now, are you saying that players only get paid for the games that: a) they literally play in (i.e. are on the field when the ball is snapped, or kicked?) or b) where they are on that 53 man roster, whether they actually make it onto the field or not? Either way, that implies that an IR player does not get paid literally, but his salary goes against the salary cap? Did I interpret that...

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The National Football League’s (NFL) injured reserve (IR) rules have been modified for the 2012 season. The rule now allows one player per team to be activated from the IR list. In addition, the sport’s trade deadline has been pushed back.

Earlier, the sport’s franchise owners approved the rules; however, they were waiting for ratification by the NFL Players Association. The union approved the rule on August 30, 2012. As a consequence, each team had to reduce its roster to 53 players by 9 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Before the enactment of this new rule, any player that was placed on the IR list was not eligible to play again for the same team in that season. With the new rule, each team is allowed to activate one player per season from the IR list.

The trade deadline has been moved until after the eighth week of the playing season. Previously, the trade deadline was after the season’s sixth weekend of games.

IR list rules summary


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