How does your league handle IR?
I’m curious because our commissioner has decided to change the rules so that once you put a player on IR they CAN NOT be reactivated afterward. Thus making that player only a potential keeper for the next year, and essentially useless unless it happens to be someone with a very high profile, like Tom Brady was last year.
In the past it had always been that we could put an injured player on IR and free up a roster spot to find a replacement from waivers until the injured player was off the injury report. Once they were no longer on the injury report, you were expected to drop someone from your roster to make it legal again. Granted there were times where someone people got kinda crazy with it and were carrying 2 or 3 guys on IR, but in general I was not specifically aware of anyone abusing the system and purposely LEAVING players on IR after they were cleared from the team’s injury report. It was mostly used to hold onto a player who had an injury which was already projected to be a longer term injury.
I personally want to protest this rule change because I think you should be able to hold onto higher profile players that are injured without having to drop a backup QB, TE, DEF, etc. in order to keep them. It’s one thing if you are dropping a late round sleeper pick to acquire a back up for the injured player, but you shouldn’t have to eat up all of your reserve spots in order to retain a player that’s injured for 3-6 weeks. Especially when the season is in full swing. I've won championships by claiming the big sleeper of the year early and holding on to them until they reach their potential later in the season (ex. Grant in 07, P. Thomas and Tyler Thigpen last year).
So anyway, how does your league use IR and do you think this rule change is unreasonable?