Yesterday we reported that the Chicago Bears shaved down their roster to 53 players in preparation for the regular season. The next roster moves due for NFL teams is deciding who will play on their practice squads. Here’s a primer on practice squad rules, per The Daily Norseman:
- Practice squad players are just that. . .guys that practice with the team. They don’t play in any games and don’t count against the 53-man roster.
- Players that are on the practice squad get paid weekly and can be dropped at any time during the season. The minimum salary for a practice squad player is $6,300/week, but teams can pay more (and usually will if they think that another team is considering poaching one of their players).
- Practice squad players can be signed by any other team at any other time, provided that they’re signed directly to a team’s 53-man roster. A team can’t sign a player from another team’s practice squad simply to put them on their practice squad. If a player is released from a team’s practice squad, he can then sign with another team’s practice squad.
- A practice squad player can not sign with a team’s upcoming opponent after 3 PM Central time six days before the two teams play each other. (Ten days if their team is currently on a bye week.)
- If a player is signed from a practice squad to an active roster, whether it’s their current team or that of another team, they will receive at least three game checks, regardless of whether or not the team releases them before those three weeks are up.
- In order to sign a player to the practice squad after they have been released, the player has to clear waivers.
Here are the players who have been named to the squad:
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Wide receiver: Rashad Ross, Josh Bellamy
Offensive line: Ryan Groy, Taylor Boggs
Defensive line: Roy Philon, Brandon Dunn
Cornerback: Terrance Mitchell, Isaiah Frey, Al Louis-Jean
Linebacker: DeDe Lattimore
This year the NFL changed the rules and expanded the size of the practice squad from eight to ten, so the Bears have no more room.