Harbaugh on new trade, IR rules: 'I'm all for it'

It's safe to count Ravens coach John Harbaugh among the NFL coaches happy about the new NFL trade deadline and injured reserve rule.

The NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Associationhave ratified two rule change proposals: pushing the trade deadline back to Oct. 30 from Oct. 16 and allowing teams to return one player to their 53-man active roster that was placed on injured reserve.

"I'm all for it," Harbaugh said Friday following practice at team headquarters. "I think those are definitely good decisions and good rules. When they came out, I saw no reason not to do it.

"The more opportunity you have to get players who are healthy and can play on the field, it's good for everybody. It's good for the game, it's good for the fans, the players."

Harbaugh said he wasn't sure if the Ravens would use the designation to return a player from injured reserve to the active roster, though.

Offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf) was thought to be a potential candidate for the designation, but Harbaugh indicated that he might be able to return soon from his lingering injury that he's aggravated twice since initially being carted off the field during a June minicamp.

"Sure, if we have a guy that we need to use it for," Harbaugh said. "Right now, I don't know if I see that guy. If it applies, we'll definitely take advantage of it."

awilson@baltsun.com

 

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