Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media are reporting that while the expectation for weeks has been that the NFL would cut the preseason games to two, the NFLPA hasn’t signed off on the idea at this time.
In fact, some in union leadership continue to question whether it’s smart to play preseason games at all. Garafolo adds that the board of representatives is scheduled to have a call on Thursday regarding the topic.
According to Pelissero, one issue from the NFLPA’s perspective is that some players could have just 23 days from the time they report for training camp before the first preseason game, which wouldn’t be a great ramp-up period.
Beyond that, Pelissero says there’s also the issue of exposure risk in games that don’t count.
Albert Breer says data shared with team doctors following the 2011 lockout showed a significant league-wide uptick in Achilles and hamstring injuries. Breer says this is something the committee is trying to avoid.
Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that the NFL is prepared to reduce preseason games to two and cut out Week 1 and Week 4.
NFL teams are expected to have players report for training camp on July 28.
We’ll have more regarding the NFL’s plans for the 2020 season as the news is available.