Posted: 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
Last year, the NFLPA agreed to an NFL proposal on allow an injured reserve exception: The"Designated For Return" IR exception will allow teams to bring back one player to the active roster from injured reserve at any time during the season. Previously, any player placed on IR was automatically out for the season.
With the new IR rule, the Cowboys could bring one of their currently injured players back a little later in the season, which would possibly give them a little more roster flexibility. However, only players who are placed on the Reserve/Injured list after 4:00 p.m., New York time, next Tuesday, September 4, or anytime thereafter, are eligible to be reactivated at a later point in the season.
So for the roster cuts due later today, the IR exception won't free up an extra spot. Where the new rule could come in handy though is if the Cowboys sign a player to their 53-man roster after Tuesday. Then they could move one of their injured player to IR and bring him back later. But they can only bring back one player from IR during the season, so that one exception should be used wisely.
The Cowboys already have Jay Ratliff on the PUP list, so they're unlikely to use the designation on him. But there are a few players who may be options for the "Designated For Return" list:
Who would be your candidate for the "Designated For Return" IR Spot?