Proposed NFL rule changes for 2012

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The NFL owners gathered in Atlanta for their quarterly meetings are expected to take up a host of items that were tabled in March.

They are, as MDS listed them at the time they were tabled:  (1) an extension of the trade deadline from the Tuesday after Week Six to the Tuesday after Week Eight; (2) shifting the final roster cuts from the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend to Friday, given that the first game of the regular season has been moved from the Thursday after Labor Day to Wednesday; (3) the creation of an injured reserve exemption that allows a player to return that same year after missing at least six weeks of practice and eight weeks of games; and (4) one roster exemption per team per week for a player who has a concussion.
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