In addition to the seven rule change proposals the NFL considered this week, there were seven proposed changes to the NFL bylaws that were to be discussed and voted upon. Of the seven proposals, one was adopted, with the other six tabled until NFL's Spring Meetings in Chicago on May 21-23, 2012.
The one bylaw change that passed was making Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (on a day other than Sunday) a customary business day for the purpose of Player Personnel transactions. This means that teams playing night games on on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day night games on days other than a Sunday can make roster changes prior to 4pm ET on that day.
"We tabled a number of the ones that dealt with the player and roster movements, including some IR proposals," Atlanta Falcons President and CEO and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said on Wednesday. "We felt there was some really good input and we felt like we would table them. We will vote on them in May. That would include the trade deadline; the overall roster limit of 90; the one activation you could make off of IR; and the one concussion-diagnosis exception to our active/inactive list that was proposed. We just have some work to do on those.
"We tabled those so that in essence is our work of today."
McKay added that there may be a couple of amendments proposed to the Bylaw Proposal No. 6, which would allow one player placed on in injured reserve after the first regular season to be returned to the team's active roster.