NFL practice squad eligibility: Rules and eligible Jaguars

Kevin C. Cox

13 of the 21 players released on Friday by the Jaguars are eligible to return as members of the practice squad which can be finalized Sunday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have to wait until Sunday to set their practice squad, as first the rest of the NFL will have to make their final cuts prior to the next round of waivers. Teams will have until 12 p.m. ET to submit claims on the waivers and immediately thereafter, all unclaimed players will become free agents, leaving the Jaguars free to set their practice squad.

The rules for eligibility for the practice squad are as follows (via the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement):

  • (a) The Practice Squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than two previous seasons on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). An otherwise eligible player may be a Practice Squad player for a third season only if the Club by which he is employed that season has at least 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment.

  • (b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club's physical and been a member of the club's Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games during his first two Practice Squad seasons, and for at least one regular season or postseason game during his third Practice Squad season. (For purposes of this Section, a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question.)

Of the 21 players released on Friday, the following meet the requirements and have practice squad eligibility:

WR Jeremy Ebert
RB Jonathan Grimes
LB Brandon Marshall
OL Drew Nowak
WR Toney Clemons
DE Ryan Davis
DT T.J. Barnes
OT R.J. Dill
TE Ryan Otten
WR Tobais Palmer
QB Matt Scott
CB Steven Terrell
LB Mike Zimmer

Pannel Egboh, D'Anthony Smith, Mike Kafka, Charly Martin, Pat McQuistan, Kevin Rutland, Julian Stanford and Marcus Trufant are all ineligible for the practice squad.

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