NFL Instituting 'Kendall Hinton Rule' Effective Immediately

The NFL is making a change to its current COVID-19 policies to combat an issue discovered earlier this season. The rule will allow teams to sign a player off another team's practice squad without having to wait on the six-day entry testing period.

This rule will unofficially be called the "Kendall Hinton Rule" and will go into effect immediately, according to a series of tweets from Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network.

Back in Week 12, the Denver Broncos lost all of their quarterbacks due to positive COVID-19 tests and contract tracing protocols. That forced the team to sign wide receiver Kendall Hilton off the practice squad and start him in a game.

Obviously, that's less than ideal. In fact, it could be argued that it's downright dangerous.

Hinton completed only one of his nine pass attempts for 13 yards and had two interceptions. And the Broncos lost 31-3 to another backup quarterback in Taysom Hill.

This rule was desperately needed to avoid this sort of situation again.

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