UPDATE 4:18 p.m.: PFT is reporting the league will cut preseason Week 1 and preseason Week 4 from the schedule. It would allow for Weeks 2 and 3 to be moved to 3 and 4 for a normal on-time start.
UPDATE July 1, 4:12 p.m.: The NFL is going to reduce the preseason schedule from four games per team to two games per team, according to Pro Football Talk. The NFL expects training camp to start on time, but this will give players a ramp-up period to action after no in-person offseason workout program.
The NFL is still discussing what to do with preseason games for the 2020 season, but it is looking more likely than not that we will see a shortened preseasons, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The NFL has already canceled the Hall of Fame Game and are in active discussions with the NFLPA about what to do with preseason.
Nothing is official, but the time table appears set up for fewer preseason games. With Week 1 of preseason scheduled to start on Thursday, August 13th, players would have just around two weeks of practice to get ready. That doesn’t seem like a likely scenario as the NFL tries to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
We’ve seen many scenarios bandied about, but giving teams a month of training camp and then two preseason games appears to be a strong contender. The extra time would also help teams implement protocols for game day and to assure that they have the virus under wraps at their own facilities.