NFLPA rejects IR rule change

Two weeks ago, teams were notified that two proposed rules changes passed by NFL owners in May -- one to injured reserve procedures, and another to the trade deadline -- were still subject to approval to the NFL Players Association.

On Wednesday, ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton confirmed that the NFLPA rejected those rule changes. According to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez, the NFLPA unsuccessfully attempted to get concessions from the NFL on other negotiations in order to accept the rule changes.

What does this mean for the Patriots?

Under the proposed rule change, teams would have had the ability to place a player, injured before the start of the regular season, on a "shortened" injured reserve. The player would then have been able to return after eight games.

That could have benefited a player like linebacker Tracy White, who has missed almost all of training camp. The Patriots must now keep White on their 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve, or release him.

Also under consideration was a proposal to move the trade deadline back by two weeks, until after Week 8.