A quick rundown of Long's proposed rule changes if the new schedule becomes a reality:
- Expanding game-day rosters from 45 players to 55 players.
- Designating 4 of these new players for special teams only.
- Pushing official team activity (mini-camps, practices, etc.) from mid-March to May 1st.
- An extra bye week, effectively dividing the season into thirds.
Long's suggestions sound both feasible and necessary: NFL players are flesh and bone (lots of flesh, lots of bone, but still) and need to be protected. An 18-game schedule could lead to an unprecedented amount of injuries, unless the NFL takes steps to protect its athletes.
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