After Vincent Brown was injured in the second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, I wrote how it was being reported that the Chargers were planning on keeping Brown on the 53-man roster while he healed.
Obviously, that plan was the only choice if the team wanted Brown’s services at all this season, since putting him on IR would preclude him from playing later. More subtly, that plan had a negative in that the Chargers would have essentially a dead roster spot. Thus, forcing them to do without a player that could possibly help them during Brown’s absence.
But, according to Scott Bair of the North County Times, the Chargers now have another option as of today.
“The league added an exception to its confines on the injured reserve classification, allowing teams to put a player who suffers a ‘major injury’ on IR and bring him back to the 53-man roster at a later date,” Bair explained.
Now, should the Chargers choose to use this new rule in Brown’s case—which they undoubtedly will—the earliest he could return to game action would be week 8, which matches up perfectly with his recovery timeline.
It’s a perfect rule for the Chargers’ current situation. Now they’ll have the best of both worlds by being able to use Brown’s roster spot on a healthy player that can help them in the interim while still having the option to bring Brown back later.
For a team that always seems to be star-crossed, the Chargers caught a huge break here.
Hopefully they don’t let it go to waste.