There are subtle roster rules that can affect the salary cap and one of the largely unknown ones has to do with the six-game injured list.
No player can be put on the six-game after the completion of a team’s 15th game in a season, which normally coincides with the trade deadline.
If any player – big-ticket or otherwise – gets hurt after game 15, their salary counts against the cap. That means late-season injuries to players such as Bombers strong-side linebacker Maurice Leggett are a double whammy because not only are they hurt, but the money they earn during that time has to be factored into the cap.
Depending on the size of a contract associated with the injured player and potential replacement, it could potentially alter the way a given team manages the cap from that point on.