Earlier today, news broke that the NFL was reducing their 2020 preseason schedule from four games to two, with Week 1 and Week 4 being cut and Week 2 and Week 3 staying intact.
But we may want to pump the brakes a bit as a new report from Mike Garafolo has emerged saying that the NFLPA has not signed off on the reduced preseason schedule. In fact, there is apparently union leadership that continues to question whether it is smart to play ANY preseason games at all.
Tom Pelissero notes that one issue with the two-game preseason games is that players would have just 23 days from report date until the first preseason game. In addition, there is concern about the COVID-19 risk in games that will not even count in the standings.
While the expectation for weeks has been the NFL goes to two preseason games, the NFLPA hasn’t signed off. and some in union leadership continue to question whether it’s smart to play ANY preseason games, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Board of reps call Thursday. Stay tuned.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 1, 2020
One issue with the two-game preseason slate from players’ perspective: Some could have just 23 days from report date to first preseason games. Not much of a ramp-up. Then there’s the exposure risk in games that don’t count in the standings. A lot to discuss over next couple days.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 1, 2020