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Reports: NFL makes changes to preseason, supplemental draft

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2020 NFL Draft - Round 1 Photo by NFL via Getty Images

The NFL will cut its preseason from four to two games for 2020, according to Pro Football Talk.

Going by this report, the Kansas City Chiefs will no longer play the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday, August 15 or the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, September 3. In this new plan, the Chiefs keep games against the Cardinals in Arizona on Saturday, August 22 at 8 p.m. and against the Cowboys in Dallas on Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m.

As of this writing, that would mean no home preseason game for the Chiefs, but that will change, according to Sports Business Journal’s Ben Fischer.

We will keep you posted as to which game is coming to Arrowhead.


No supplemental draft

The NFL has also chosen not to have a supplemental draft this year, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

“Under the CBA, the NFL may elect to hold a supplemental draft each year,” Pelissero added. “The matter was discussed with the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, and in light of current conditions, the decision was made not to hold one.”

The supplemental draft allows for players who were not eligible for the NFL Draft in April but have become eligible since to be drafted. Player statuses can change over that period due to academics, discipline, etc. Any player not selected in the supplemental draft would have become a free agent.

Only one player — Washington State safety Jalen Thompson — was selected last year. The Chiefs have only taken one player in the history of the supplemental draft: defensive end Darren Mickel back in 1992.