Report: One preseason game ‘very likely’ scenario this season
There continues to be uncertainty in the NFL surrounding the specifics of training camps and the preseason. With the league needing to make decisions in the near future, one preseason game seems to be the ‘very likely’ scenario in 2020, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The NFL has been adamant about conducting two preseason games ahead of the 2020 season. On the other hand, the NFLPA would rather have zero preseason games. With that in mind, a source told ProFootballTalk that one preseason contest would be the most reasonable solution.
Not long ago, J.C. Tretter — the NFLPA president and center for the Cleveland Browns — exclaimed his disappointment in the league’s lack of prioritizing player safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter revealed that the NFL and NFLPA formed a joint committee earlier this offseason.
The committee, which was comprised of doctors and trainers, advised the league to cancel the preseason. While the committee recommended that the NFL extend training camps instead of conducting a preseason. However, the league has continually expressed a desire to hold the preseason in some capacity.
If the league were to have just one preseason game, their plan would be to have teams within close proximity play against each other. Therefore, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams would likely square off in the preseason.
As of this moment, there still hasn’t been a definitive date agreed upon for teams to report to training camp. While the clock continues to wind down, the NFL may have a possible compromise for the upcoming preseason.