Refresher on the Vick roster exemption

A while back I explained that a team that signed Michael Vick would have multiple roster options for him. The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to use the roster exemption with Vick, and carry 54 players the first two weeks of the season.

They did not want to give away a quality player of some value, and thus opted to keep 3 QBs on the active roster (Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and A.J. Feeley). They also kept 7 WRs, rather than cut one of them. Feeley, and a WR like Reggie Brown could still be dealt, and as other teams suffer injuries that will increase the value of those players.

Here is what the full roster decision on Vick means, as I cut and paste from my blog from a month or so ago:

“If Vick’s team opts to have him not practice, then he would not count against the 53-man roster but instead would be on an “exempt list.” That would make him ineligible to practice, but he could watch film, attend practice, participate in meetings, do weight training and and put in individual work. But, again, he couldn’t take part in the actual practice itself.

If Vick’s team opts to make him ineligible, at the time he becomes eligible to participate in regular-season games, the team would receive an “applicable roster exemption.” That means that leading up to Vick’s first regular-season game, the team would have a buffer of some period of time – not yet distinguished — by which to determine when to make him active and thus count against the 53-man roster (which would prompt a roster move with another player). Those exemptions also are in place when a player comes back from suspension. For instance (and Vick no longer is a suspended player — let’s make that clear), the team generally has a week or two to make such a decision. Again, this memo doesn’t stipulate an exact time frame in this instance, according  to those who have read it.

Furthermore, during the regular-season and preseason games in which Vick is ineligible to play, he cannot be on the sidelines, but he can watch the game from a coaching box or club box, etc.”

So there you have it guys.

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