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Report: NFL to cut first and fourth week of preseason schedule

32 preseason games are being removed, along with the Hall of Fame Game. We break down the news.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson of the Cleveland Browns watches the action from the sideline in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 29, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The NFL is going to announce the cancellation of the first and fourth week of the preseason schedule in the coming days, according to Pro Football Talk. This comes following last week’s decision to cancel the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game that traditionally kicks off the preseason schedule.

The first week of preseason play usually sees most starters play no more than one or two series as it is the first chance to see the bubble players in competitive game situations. The fourth week of the preseason sees many starters sit out entirely. That game is of more value for players expected to get cut but looking to make one last impression for the waiver wire.

For fantasy football purposes, it cuts down on the injury risk we see in preseason play. It’s not a huge change given the two games being cut for the slate, but the less preseason snaps a player is on the field, the better for health purposes. There are some stars won’t play a single snap in the preseason, although this year could be different given the lack of an in-person offseason workout program. The removal of two preseason weeks beefs up the amount of time players have to get back into game condition.

Here is the full list of games that will be canceled.

Week 1

Thursday, August 13

Eagles @ Colts
Lions @ Patriots
Giants @ Jets
Jaguars @ Panthers
Raiders @ Seahawks

Friday, August 14

Dolphins @ Falcons
Buccaneers @ Steelers
Bills @ Ravens
Texans @ Vikings
Saints @ Rams

Saturday, August 15

Browns @ Bears
Cardinals @ Packers
Titans @ Washington
Bengals @ Chiefs
49ers @ Broncos

Sunday, August 16

Cowboys @ Chargers

Week 4

Thursday, September 3

Colts @ Bengals
Bills @ Lions
Patriots @ Giants
Falcons @ Jaguars
Buccaneers @ Browns
Jets @ Eagles
Ravens @ Washington
Steelers @ Panthers
Bears @ Titans
Packers @ Chiefs
Seahawks @ Vikings
Dolphins @ Saints
Cowboys @ Texans
Rams @ Raiders
Broncos @ Cardinals
Chargers @ 49ers