The NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to two major rule changes for the 2012 season: the trade deadline has been moved back from Week 6 to Week 8, and teams can now activate one player from the Injured Reserve (IR) list after Week 8.
The first rule benefits everyone, but the second one came too late for the Dallas Cowboys, who made a horrendous decision to waive center/guard Bill Nagy two weeks ago as he’s now a member of the Detroit Lions. At the time, the excuse was “he’ll clear waivers and we’ll keep him,” but obviously that didn’t come to pass.
The decision was a terrible one nonetheless, but the rule might have prevented Dallas from making it. Nagy’s ankle problem is going to keep him out for a few weeks, so this new rule would have allowed the Cowboys to place him on IR and then active him after Week 8, which is when he would be needed the most.
Of course, the timing of the new rule is no fault of anyone’s, but the mistake to waive Nagy now stings the minds of Cowboys fans a little more.
However, the new rule should help the Cowboys in that guard/center Kevin Kowalski can now be placed on IR and then activated after Week 8 when he’s healed from his high ankle sprain. Thus, this new rule is bittersweet for Dallas, but the Nagy decision will haunt the team this season. Here’s looking at you, Phil Costa.