The NFL’s shortening of the preseason could happen earlier than first thought. The league and the NFL Players Association are reportedly in talks to cut this year’s preseason down to two games, rather than the scheduled four to help players get into game shape and allow teams to develop gameday protocols.
A shorter preseason would allow for teams to have more time to prepare for the season, given the hurdles COVID-19 has presented this offseason. The annual Hall of Fame Game played in Canton, Ohio, is scheduled for August 6 with 20,000 fans in attendance – but that could be pushed back if the preseason is cut down. The season is still expected to start on time on Sept. 10 – whether stadiums will be full or not is another question.
The preseason was already slated to be chopped to three games in 2021 as the NFL will add a 17th regular-season game that season.