The NFL announced on Wednesday that they have decided to cancel two weeks of preseason games. The first and fourth weeks of the exhibition slate will be eliminated. Schedules will be reconfigured so that each team has one home game and one away contest.
NFL teams are still scheduled to have veterans report for training camp by July 28. Canceling the first week of games provides a longer acclimation period as teams try to establish and implement protocols to mitigate exposure to and transmission of the virus, while also providing additional time for players to work on conditioning after conducting the offseason virtually. Eliminating the final week provides a greater buffer before the anticipated start of the season on Sept. 10.
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