Who's Eligible for the Practice Squad, Part 2

On Sunday, we provided our Insiders with a list of players who are eligible for practice squad assignments with the Colts. Since then, we've learned that two more players can qualify. And you'll be as surprised as we were to find out who they are.

ColtPower has learned that under the new CBA extension, two players that we thought would no longer be eligible for practice squad assignments not only qualify, but according to one of our NFL sources were placed on the practice squad roster.

We previously explained in this article that the player...

...can not have an accrued season of free agency credit. A player gets that credit if he played in 6 games in a season or was on injured reserve.

...can not have been on the 45-man (active gameday) roster for 9 or more games in an accrued season.

...can not be on a practice squad for more than 3 seasons.

We understood that if a player met any of those conditions, he wouldn't be eligible. But the first two criteria are an "OR" statement. So it should read like this...

...can not have an accrued season of free agency credit (A player gets that credit if he played in 6 games in a season or was on injured reserve) OR have been on the 45-man (active gameday) roster for 9 or more games in an accrued season.

...can not be on a practice squad for more than 3 seasons.

Burns was on the team's IR list beginning November 19th. But he was also on the team's inactive list for 10 games prior to going on IR. So he wasn't on the team's active gameday roster for 9 or more games.

Likewise, Ulrich wasn't on the team's active gameday roster for nine or more games. So he is also eligible despite qualifying for free agency credit last year.

According to our source, both men were assigned to the Colts practice squad and Ulrich was then promoted today to the 53-man roster. We've also learned of two other additions to the squad based on a report we received. QB Josh Betts and OT Daniel Federkeil will apparently be included as well.

ColtPower will keep you informed of any further developments on the composition of the practice squad.


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