The NFL and NFLPA are discussing shortening the 2020 preseason schedule, according to a report from NFL Network.
Shortening the preseason would allow for a longer “ramp-up” period, regardless of whether players agree to report a week or two early, and provide extra time for medical experts to finalize game-day protocols for testing, etc. More at the top of the hour on @nflnetwork— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020
Teams are currently expected to report for training camp in late July but there’s been some talk that an earlier mid-July report date could be negotiated due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing typical spring OTA/minicamp practices. We’ll have to wait and see if that ends up being the case. Same deal for potentially shortening the preseason.
Here’s what the Eagles’ 2020 preseason schedule currently looks like:
Week 1 - at Indianapolis Colts — Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM ET
Week 2 - at Miami Dolphins — Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 PM ET
Week 3 - vs. New England Patriots — Thursday, August 27 at 7:30 PM ET
Week 4 - vs. New York Jets — Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 PM ET
So, maybe the Colts and Dolphins games get lopped off? If so, the Eagles wouldn’t have to travel at all in the preseason, which would be nice.
BGN previously wondered aloud if the Eagles might treat preseason games differently this year and play starters longer than usual due the lack of normal offseason reps. History suggests that could be the case.
But who really knows what’s going to happen in These Uncertain Times™.