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The injured reserve list is a list of reserved players who are injured and unable to play for a period of time, used most prominently in the National Hockey League and National Football League. It is used so that player does not take up a roster spot. In football, when a player is placed on the list called "Reserve/Injured", he cannot play for the remainder of the season. In baseball, a similar list called the disabled list is used. However, a major difference between the two is that a player on the disabled list in baseball can still play that season, whereas the NFL's injured reserve list eliminates a player for the rest of the current season. The NHL's IR, as explained below, is the most liberal of the three.


NHL rules

In the event that a player is injured and a Club wishes to place him on the Injured Reserve List the Club must follow these procedures:

  1. A club may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if such player is injured, disabled or ill and unable to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the Club's initial physical examination in that season.
  2. A player who has an injury that renders him physically unable to play for a minimum of seven days after that date of the injury can be placed on the Club's Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the list, the Club may replace said player on its NHL roster with another player. All determinations that a player has suffered an injury warranting injured reserve status must be made by the Club's medical staff and in accordance with the Club's medical standards.
  3. A player placed on Injured Reserve is ineligible to compete in NHL games for a period of not less than seven days.

Players on Injured Reserve may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team and participate in practices.[1]

NFL rules

A team may place a player on injured reserve (reserve/injured list ) who, due to injury, is "not immediately available for participation with a club". These players may not practice or return to the Active List in the same season that they are placed on injured reserve, but are allowed to be with the team. [2]

Rules in baseball


  1. ^ "NHL Headquarters". Retrieved 2008-11-29.  
  2. ^ 2009 NFL Record and Fact Book, p. 32 ISBN 1603208097


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