THE NFL increases number of players on practice squads from eight to 10 _lowres

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH --Drew Brees hands off the ball to Mark Ingram during training camp at the Saints practice facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

NFL officials on Tuesday announced that the league will expand the current maximum of players on practice squads from eight to 10 for 2014 and 2015. Members of practice squads are not on teams' 53-man rosters but train as if they were and can be promoted to the active list. They can also be signed to the 53-man rosters of other teams.

The size of practice squads wasn't the only change the NFL has implemented on the topic. Players must now be on a practice squad for six games of a season in order for that campaign to count as one of the three seasons they are permitted to have on practice squads. It used to be three games.

Also, each team will be able to sign up to two practice squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Before, a player with at least one accrued season would not be eligible for a practice squad unless the player was a game-day active for a team for fewer than nine contests.