A new study published by the Associated Press suggests that some NFL teams have tried to help their players by removing them from the field.
In the study, researchers looked at the number of days a player was absent from the team and the number they were on the roster.
The study looked at players who played for the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as those who played in the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.
They found that on average, teams reduced the number on their roster by about two days, with the Browns dropping from 11 days to six days off.
They also saw a significant reduction in the number that were on waivers, which had more than doubled from six days to 13.
“Our findings indicate that NFL teams do not need to remove their players to get their rosters balanced,” study co-author and assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan Robert G. Kuttner, a member of the research team, said in a statement.
“Instead, teams can take advantage of the fact that they have a roster of players with limited production value.
The teams that do this get their players off of their practice squads, and they get a smaller salary cap for doing so.
The more players that are on the field, the better their teams can get.”