Possible Injured Reserve rule change would impact fantasy football

      May 17, 2012 @ 11:10:30 PDT


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The National Football League is considering a roster exemption that would allow teams to recall one player placed on Injured Reserve. After eight weeks, said player could return to the active roster and play again in the same season. Six weeks in, the player is able to practice with the team.

As it currently stands, any player sent to the dreaded Injured Reserve list is doomed to a year of watching from the sideline, regardless of how healthy they may be later in the season.

This rule change, while just a proposition at this stage, could have significance for fantasy football owners. Every year, fantasy leaguers lose a notable player early in the year. Should this rule change go into effect, one would have a chance to stash the ailing commodity in hope of being able to retrieve him from an Injured Reserve spot later in the year.

As always, make sure you know your league's rules and bylaws to take full advantage of the offerings available to you. Also, pay more attention to the injury statuses of players to determine if they are able to return in 2012. IR spots are nothing new in fantasy football, but they are probably going to become extremely common in the near future. Consult with your commissioner to determine if this is right for your league setup and something the host software permits.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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