The NFL is removing two preseason games from the previously released schedules. Each team’s preseason Week 1 and Week 4 matchups will be eliminated and will not be rescheduled or replaced.
ESPN’s John Clayton reported the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
No surprises. The NFL won’t have week one and four in the preseason. No supplemental draft. So far camps are starting on time July 25 through 29.
— John Clayton (@JohnClaytonNFL) July 1, 2020
Clayton went on to say that training camps for all teams are scheduled to start on time.
The removal of these games is the second time the NFL has cancelled games for 2020. To kick off every year, a Hall of Fame game is played in Canton, Ohio, which was taken off the schedule earlier this year. The Hall of Fame game was set to feature the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys.
It is unclear whether the removal of two preseason games will be permanent. For now, it is assumed the games were removed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFLPA have been vocal about wanting the preseason shortened or abolished in the past.
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