IR Players With Designation To Return

As of 3:00pm central time on Tuesday, NFL teams could begin adding players to injured reserve lists with the designation to return. Unlike the usual IR list, which keeps a player inactive all season or until he reaches an injury settlement with his team, this shorter-term IR list allows a player to begin practicing after six weeks and to begin playing in games after eight weeks.

Of course, whereas the standard injured reserve list can accommodate several players at once, NFL teams can only use the designation to return on one player, so teams must be cautious about how to fire that single bullet. So far, a handful of clubs have taken advantage of the opportunity to use the IR-DTR spot, so we’ll list all those players right here. If other clubs decide to use their openings at any point, we’ll note that below as well.

Here’s the full list so far:

AFC East:

  • Buffalo Bills: Used on C.J. Spiller, RB (collarbone) after Week 7
  • Miami Dolphins: Unused
  • New England Patriots: Used on Sealver Siliga, DL (foot) after Week 3
  • New York Jets: Unused

AFC North:

AFC South:

  • Houston Texans: Unused
  • Indianapolis Colts: Used on Xavier Nixon, T (knee)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Used on Marcedes Lewis, TE (ankle) after Week 2
  • Tennessee Titans: Unused

AFC West:

NFC East:

NFC North:

NFC South:

NFC West:

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