Chargers place ‘designated to return’ tag on WR Vincent Brown

The San Diego Chargers became the first NFL team to use the new injured reserve rules. These rules allow teams to take a player off of the injured reserve list.

The Chargers placed the ‘designated to return’ tag on second year receiver Vincent Brown. Brown broke his ankle on August 18 in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brown’s recovery time was expected to be eight weeks. That means the Chargers would have had to have Brown count against their 53-man roster that long or end his season. With this new rule, they have a third option.

A team can only use this rule on a player who has had a major injury. The NFL defines this as an injury that takes six or more weeks to recover.

The Bills also used this rule on defensive back Ron Brooks.