There were earlier reports that the NFL has decided to cut the 2020 preseason in half amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, resulting in only two games being played prior to the start of the season; however, the NFLPA has not signed off on the decision, and may possibly want all four preseason games removed.
Despite the NFLPA’s disapproval of the league’s decision, the league may strike the two games, if they wish and without the NFLPA’s approval. The NFLPA’s concern is for players being exposed in games that do not count towards their record, and that is completely understandable. Players are not wanting to risk exposure to COVID-19 while playing in games that do not count towards their record. Most highly-paid star players do not even play, but a few reps, if any, in the preseason and many skipping the preseason altogether, have become normal.
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