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NFL practice squads increase from 8 to 10 players

There had been reports over the past few days suggesting NFL practice squads could increase from eight to ten players for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday, those reports became a reality.

Not only with NFL practice squads be able to hold ten players for the 2014-15 NFL regular season, but the new agreement extends into the 2015-16 as well. After a two-year trial period, the practice squads will return to eight players unless a new agreement is reached.

From Kevin Seifert of ESPN:

There are also some changes to what players will be practice squad eligible.

In previous years, a player was no longer practice squad eligible if he played in more than half of the games in a prior season.

That will now change and players can play 32 games without losing their practice squad eligibility.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe shared more information:

This is obviously great news for the NFL, teams around the league and players who are on the brink of making a NFL roster.

It will also help with player development moving forward, which is something that the NFL has been dedicated to finding a solution to.

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