NEW YORK – The National Football League and its Players Association are discussing the possibility of shortening the 2020 preseason, sources tell the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero says nothing is final, or imminent, but multiple team executives informed of the talks believe teams could play two preseason games instead of four.
Pelissero notes shortening the preseason could allow for a longer "ramp-up" period as well as provide extra time for medical experts to finalize game day protocols.
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
The NFL, like all other major sports leagues, is grappling with how to continue playing while also keeping its players, staff and fans safe from COVID-19 at the same time.
This story was originally published by staff at WKBW.