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SPYING ON THE ENEMY: NFL Waiver Rules Explained


What’s Up Lions Faithful

I know so many Detroit Lions fanatics try to not only keep up with their beloved Lions, but also try to watch what the hated rivals are doing, We decided to periodically check out what’s going on across enemy lines.

Here’s an article to keep you informed on what the other teams in our division are up to

NFL Waiver Rules Explained

Waived? Waived/Injured? Released? Injured Reserve? Here’s what all that stuff means

Editor: The cuts will be coming at an alarming pace the next 24 hours, so check out the waiver wire rules that Ken compiled for us…

When the Chicago Bears released/injured long snapper Patrick Scales (Scales suffered a season ending knee injury in last week’s Tennessee Titans pre-season game), a lot of fans were thinking “wow, he gets injured and the Bears just cut him, that’s COLD!”

On the surface, it does look cold… but in reality, the Bears really didn’t have much of a choice because of how the league rules work.

I’m going to work through my understanding of how all of this works, based on research that I have been doing. It’s pretty technical stuff, and the NFL does a VERY poor job of explaining it’s rules, so here’s what I came up with regarding the various types of ways players are released/waived/cut.

Lets start with the Scales case and use it as an example.

Scales has been on rosters during three seasons in the league. That ” >”>

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