UPDATE: Following the league and owners calls on Tuesday, the NFL offered the NFLPA to play ZERO preseason games this summer, according to Adam Schefter.
Things have gotten a little contentious between the NFL and NFLPA as the league reaffirmed that players are to report to training camp over the next 8 days, but has yet to put firm plans in place for COVID precautions. After already cutting the 2020 preseason in half, the NFL has now offered to further reduce the preseason to just a single game.
The NFL’s latest proposal to players includes just one preseason game, rather than two, sources say.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2020
Players still want no preseason games and a longer acclimation period. But a sign the sides are working and getting closer to a plan for 2020.
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Even one game would mean that half the teams would need to travel for a contest, which is part of the reason the many players have argued against a preseason altogether. However, not all players are on board with eliminating the preseason entirely, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who has spoken to players at the bottom of rosters who want some game reps on tape.
The Eagles rookies are set to report for training camp on Tuesday, July 21, with the rest of players scheduled back at the NovaCare Complex facility on July 28. That doesn’t leave the NFL and NFLPA a whole lot of time to figure out, not only the preseason, but best practices for a successful and healthy regular season.