The NFL will chop its preseason slate in half this yr in response to the distinctive circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already stored coaching packages distant this summer time.
Professional Soccer Discuss was the primary outlet to report the information. The league is predicted to make the official announcement Thursday.
By limiting preseason motion — a step gamers have advocated for past the COVID-19 outbreak so as to stop damage — the NFL hopes to stop travel-related virus unfold and permit gamers to get in form at a extra pure tempo. COVID-19 circumstances within the U.S. have shot up over the previous two weeks, rising to a latest every day common of greater than 40,000 new diagnoses nationwide.
Video games are scheduled to be performed in Weeks 2 and three of the unique preseason schedule. Might imply we’ve seen the final 4-week NFL preseason. CBA permits for it to be shortened if/when 17-game common seasons begin.
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It has been a wierd couple of months for NFL franchises following the draft in April. Often in a position to ease rookies and newcomers into their cultures throughout coaching camp, they’ve as an alternative relied on know-how to offer digital team-building neccesities.
The primary preseason recreation of 2020 is scheduled for Aug. 20.