The NFL has been hard at work, attempting to implement a full COVID-19 protocol for the 2020 season. While some things are clear, there is still a ton of miscommunication between the NFL, players, and its fans.
Today things have become a little more clear as it relates to injury designations. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, injured reserve rules will change for the 2020 season.
In years past, teams had the opportunity to designate a player for return off the IR. This year, players on IR can return to practice after three weeks. The team will then have 21 days to return the player to the active roster. This goes for every player placed under injured reserve, not just one.
Another added wrinkle is how COVID-19 positive players will be handled. A positive diagnosis will result in the player being put on the commissioner exempt list. The benefit? Players will receive their full salary if diagnosed with COVID-19.
Players who test positive for COVID-19 would be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list, with no minimum or maximum stay. They would receive full pay, regardless of where and how they contract COVID-19.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 18, 2020
These rules go into effect on September 6th, at 4:00 p.m.