Report: NFL won't have any preseason games this year
A report on Tuesday night from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo indicates that there will be no preseason games in the NFL this year.
Garafolo tweeted out Tuesday evening that leadership from the NFL Players Association told players that there will be “zero postseason games this year.” The league had offered a limited number of preseason games or eliminating them completely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year.
Typically, the NFL has allowed each team to play four preseason games. Earlier in the offseason, the annual Hall of Fame Game which starts the NFL preseason was canceled due to the public health concerns.
NFLPA leadership told players on a conference call a few minutes ago there will be zero preseason games this year, sources say. Not a surprise given the league offered that but now all but official, according to the union.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 21, 2020
Earlier this week, the NFL announced that players would report to training camp this week. Rookies were permitted to report on Tuesday, July 21. Quarterbacks and injured players report July 23 and all other players will report July 28.
The 2020 NFL season is currently set to begin on Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans. The first full Sunday will be on Sept. 13.