Report: Eagles, NFL's preseason to be cut in half

Eliot Shorr-Parks
July 01, 2020 - 4:33 pm

The first COVID-19 casualties of the 2020 NFL season will be two of the preseason games, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. 

Although the league has not yet announced the decision, Pro Football Talk is reporting the two games that will be canceled are the first and fourth games, with the second and third games still set to be played. 

The reasoning behind the decision, according to Pro Football Talk: 

First, teams who will be playing preseason games on the road won’t want to move that many people. Second, given that no teams had on-field practice sessions in the offseason, coaches would rather have the extra time to work with their teams, and that will happen if they don’t have to worry about two extra preseason games.

For the Eagles, that would mean their matchups at Indianapolis on August 13th and their home game against the New York Jets on September 3rd. They are now reportedly scheduled to play just two games — at the Miami Dolphins on August 20th and home vs. the New England Patriots on August 27th. 

It also means that they won’t be playing their first preseason game until August 20th when they travel to Miami, a game that would come close to three weeks from the July 28th date when they are set to start training camp. 

The loss of two preseason games might not be viewed as a big blow, but considering the team had no offseason and will have to cut their roster from 90 to 53 players, having two less games to do so is not ideal. 

There is also the question of what this means going forward for the rest of the preseason and the start of the regular season. The NFL has insisted all offseason the 2020 NFL season will go ahead as scheduled. 

This is the first time they have allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to have an impact on their calendar, and with cases rising across the country, you have to wonder if it will be the last. 

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