For at least 2014 and 2015, NFL practice squads will no longer be capped at eight players. Instead, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to test out 10-man practice squads for the next two seasons. This means that there will now be two additional spots on each team's practice squad and a total of 64 new spots around the league.
The NFL has also made some other adjustments to its practice squad rules:
In memo to teams on expanded practice squad (now 10 players), NFL now allows teams to have up 2 PS players w/no more than 2 accrued seasons— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 19, 2014
So you could now have a player with 32 reg season games over 1st 2 seasons eligible still for practice squad in 3rd year...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 19, 2014
Also, it will now require 6 games spent on a practice squad to count as a practice squad season. It used to require only 3 games— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 19, 2014
These all sound like positive changes. With more spots available, players will have more opportunities to continue their careers on practice squads around the NFL. And for a team like the Detroit Lions, which will be releasing a lot of players with upside and potential in the coming weeks, those two extra spots could really come in handy.