The NFL is discussing a shortened preseason, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The NFL and NFLPA are discussing the possibility of shortening the 2020 preseason, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020
Nothing finalized or imminent, but multiple team executives informed of talks currently believe they could end up playing two preseason games, rather than four.
Shortening the preseason would allow for a longer “ramp-up” period, regardless of whether players agree to report a week or two early, and provide extra time for medical experts to finalize game-day protocols for testing, etc. More at the top of the hour on @nflnetwork— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020
As the league continues to prepare for 2020 while dealing with COVID-19 and all the precautions it deems necessary, I expect we will continue to see tweaks similar to what was mentioned in Pelissero’s Wednesday report.
Just to review ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 10, 2020
• Joint committee on health and safety is advising a lengthy acclimation period.
• Negotiated report date, for most teams, is July 28.
• Earlier report date, cancellation of preseason games have been discussed as options to accommodate acclimation period.
Here is the Chiefs’ preseason schedule as it stands now:
2020 Preseason Schedule
|Bengals||Arrowhead Stadium |
|@Cardinals||University of Phoenix Stadium |
|@Cowboys||AT&T Stadium |
|Packers||Arrowhead Stadium |
In offseasons leading up to 2020, two preseason games has always felt like too many, anyway. I doubt we would miss them all that much, if the league opts to go in that direction.
If two preseason games have to be cut, I hope they keep...
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