NFL Network's Judy Battista reported Wednesday that at next week's Spring League Meeting, owners plan to vote on a proposal allowing a second player to come off injured reserve in a season. Likely to be approved. Once that stipulation is met, teams can then place a player or players on their Reserve/Injured list a few days ahead of the regular season getting underway with the hopes that each can ultimately get healthy enough to return after sitting out for at least eight weeks.
That was the quandary Cincinnati faced past year when running back Cedric Peerman and cornerback William Jackson III were both able to come off of IR, but Peerman ended up getting the nod. That's big if two important players hit IR early in the season and are eligible to return later on. Last year, the rule was adapted to no longer require teams to identify the designated-for-return player in advance.
Now, the league is mulling another change that would give teams the ability to bring two players back from IR. If Team B is in FG range but also, say, in the red zone with seconds remaining, will they go for the touchdown or play for the tie?
There were two ties in the National Football League last season: Cincinnati and Washington ended 27-27 in London, and Seattle and Arizona tied 6-6.
Had the overtime period been shortened, it's possible that none of those games would have ended with a tie, which is a frustrating way to avoid losing. With this rule change, the only outcome is we'll get more ties.
The NFL's competition committee found a great disadvantage for teams that played a Thursday night matchup after playing a full 15-minute over-time session the Sunday before.