Hurricane Sandy spurs NFL to move trade deadline to Thursday

Hurricane Sandy batters the U.S. East coast on the morning of Oct. 29, 2012. NASA

NEW YORK The NFL has moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy.

All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league's offices would be closed through Tuesday because of the storm. So the deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin.

This is the second time the trade deadline has been moved this year. After negotiations with the players' union, the deadline was switched from after games of Week 6 to Oct. 30, after games of Week 8.

Traditionally, there are few trades by the teams at the deadline. The NFL hoped the two-week change might result in more deals.

Meanwhile, according to the NFL Network, the Ravens, Giants, Jets, Eagles and Redskins have told all players and team employees to stay away from work on Monday.

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson notes that teams in the path of Sandy are canceling charity events (the Redskins bailed on their Pediatric Halloween Party) and moving media sessions (Mike Shanahan is having a conference call at 3 p.m. ET instead of a press conference).

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