The NFL is expected to mandate team practice squads increase from eight to 10 as early as next week, according to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter.
By next week, NFL is expected to increase size of practice squads to 10 players from 8, per source. So 64 more jobs. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2014
Schefter said the move, which was discussed at offseason meetings earlier this year, would create a total of 64 more NFL 'jobs' and allow teams to groom more players they may call upon later in the season. The move will be instituted before Aug. 30, when teams cut their rosters from 75 players to 53.
NFL practice squads are comprised of weekly salaried players who are not on a 53-man NFL roster. They must feature players that have not been active in more than nine games in any season.
According to the NFL's most recent collective bargaining agreement, the league's traditional election of eight players to the practice squad can be amended on a yearly basis.
- Will Green