Shortening the preseason enables the National Football League to limit teams' travel and perhaps reduce the risk of players, coaches and other personnel being exposed to the virus.
The first and final weeks of the preseason typically are the two games that mean the least to starting players in terms of playing time.
The NFL announced plans to complete a full 17-week regular season in May. Teams' offseason programs for players were conducted entirely remotely.More news: Around the Big 12: What's happening at Kansas State
The NFL has yet to confirm the cuts yet, but one such as this was expected to come down at some point due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
PFT reported that the move is being made for two reasons - to give players more time to get in game shape since teams were not allowed to have any on-field workouts during the spring; and also to simply cut down on the amount of travel teams will have in the preseason. The second week of preseason games is scheduled for August 27-31.
Carolina, Kansas City, Minnesota and Washington are now scheduled to be on the road in both of weeks two and three while Miami, Buffalo, Dallas and Tampa Bay are scheduled to be home both of those weeks, appearing to necessitate changes in their schedules to assure each gets one home and one road game.More news: Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 13 Murders, Over 50 Rapes
Dallas' remaining preseason games are both at home, first against the Baltimore Ravens and then the Kansas City Chiefs. Some reports indicate that might be the case, but nothing official yet from the league.
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