Friday, August 29, 2008

Practice Squad Update

by: Michael Steffes

Mike Sando has done some work looking at who is eligible and likely to be on the NFC West's practice squad. Kudos to him, he actually has cleared up something I misunderstood about the practice squad. Contrary to popular belief, I am not an omniscient source of NFL info. Here is the Seahawks post.

Apparently, it has nothing to do with being on the active 53 man roster, which is how I understood the PS to be. The nine games a player must have to be ineligible come from the 45 man game day roster. As you see, this actually makes Ray Willis (never would have guessed) and the oft mis-understood Mansfield Wrotto eligible. Good to know. Actually, it doesn't really matter, both of those guys will make the final 53.

Also, someone asked about this as well, previously. A player does have three years eligibility for the practice squad, assuming that the team he is employed by has had 53 players on the roster at all times. I am not sure how common that is, but I have never seen or heard of a player spending three years on a practice squad. As you can see, in Sando's post though, David Kirtman is eligible, and this would be his third year. He has only been active for 5 games ~END~