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Report: NFL Increasing Practice Squad to 10 Players

The Buccaneers will have two extra employees this season, if a report from ESPN is true.

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The NFL is reportedly on the verge of announcing a change to their current practice squad rules to allow for 10 players on the supplemental roster, an increase from the current eight-man limit.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to break the story about the change, which will help teams keep more players in practice and available for the roster with growing concerns about player safety across the league.

The practice squad, for those unfamiliar, is a supplemental roster of players who are allowed to practice with the team, but not play. These players are generally those who haven't played in the NFL before, or who have very limited experience. For more details on eligibility, payment, and more regarding practice squads, check out this link.

So how does this impact the Buccaneers? It will allow for a couple of extra bodies in practice, and will give two young players a "second chance" to make the Bucs' 53-man roster this year. College free agents like Chaz Sutton, Euclid Cummings, Nate Askew and others will now have increased odds of being "on an NFL team" this year, with an outside chance of getting called up to the big leagues.

The expansion of the 53-man roster has been a topic of discussion lately, as well, with rumors of extra games on the NFL schedule and a push to expand the roster to accommodate for the attrition of an NFL season. We'll see if this is just the first step toward expanded rosters and a longer NFL season.