League will allow roster exemption for swine flu cases

After Texans rookie TE Anthony Hill contracted the swine flu earlier this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams Friday explaining how rosters can be handled if the illness spreads.

Goodell told teams that if they have at least six players with confirmed cases of swine flu, they can replace them with as many as eight members of the practice squad on a roster exemption. Teams can add players up to four hours before kickoff.

Hill is the first NFL player to be confirmed with the swine flu. Dolphins DBs Sean Smith and Jason Allen missed a preseason game two months ago because of flu-like symptoms, but the team wouldn’t reveal if the players were tested for swine flu.

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