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2020 NFL preseason to be cut in half, per report

The first of what could be many changes made to the upcoming season.

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UPDATE: It looks like this will end up being just one of many changes to the upcoming season.

Well, it seemed inevitable, but it’s now being reported that the 2020 NFL preseason will be cut in half, per ProFootball Talk.

The Eagles were scheduled to play the Colts (8/13), Dolphins (8/20), Patriots (8/27), and Jets (9/3), with the regular season opener scheduled for September 13 against Washington. It looks like the Colts and Jets will now be off Philadelphia’s schedule, per ProFootball Talk.

“The move was driven by two primary factors. First, teams who will be playing preseason games on the road won’t want to move that many people. Second, given that no teams had on-field practice sessions in the offseason, coaches would rather have the extra time to work with their teams, and that will happen if they don’t have to worry about two extra preseason games.”

Earlier this week, the Eagles reached out to Season Ticket Members and decided not to charge those who asked to defer payment until July 1 for the upcoming season... at least not yet. In their letter, they mention that they’ll have more information regarding the 2020 NFL season after the 4th of July weekend.

The team explains that due to the ever-changing information regarding protocols and guidelines to re-open from COVID-19, they are asking for patience as the organization continues to work with the “NFL, as well as federal, state, and local officials”.

It’s been nearly 4 months since the pandemic started affecting the sports world in America, and despite having a virtual offseason, the NFL was one of the only major sports leagues to operate under the impression that the 2020 season would be unaffected. But now, as we’re seeing virus spikes throughout the country, and even infiltrating the phased opening of the NBA, MLB, and NHL, it looks like things are more uncertain for NFL teams than they’ve been letting on.

So, as we’ve done since the league closed team facilities in March, we continue to wait for news about whether there’s going to even be football this fall, and if so, what it might look like. But, at least we should get more information after the holiday weekend.

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