NFL looks to cancel 2 preseason games
The NFL intends to cancel the first and fourth preseason games to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading and give players extra time to get in shape before facing live action, ESPN reported. The schedule change has long been rumored.
Players apparently weren’t immediately informed of the league’s plans.
“We find out everything NFL related via twitter smh,” Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson tweeted. “I guess it’s 2 preseason games lol.”
The NFLPA has not agreed to the two-game preseason, and Broncos kicker Brandon McManus — the team’s player representative in the union — tweeted that it will be one game per team or the preseason will be eliminated entirely.
Canceling preseason games would be the first significant interruption to the NFL’s calendar, which has essentially remained intact throughout the offseason despite the pandemic.
The Bears are scheduled to open the preseason at home against the Browns on Aug. 15 and close Sept. 3 at the Titans. Assuming those games are canceled, their preseason schedule would be limited to Aug. 22 at the Broncos and a home game Aug. 29 against the 49ers. Jason Lieser
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