Yesterday, I talked about the possibility of the NFL beginning training camp a little early this year, in mid-July as opposed to late-July, to allow for a longer acclimation period for players to get used to football training again. Today, we have word of another possibility being discussed, as reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network: shortening the preseason to two games instead of four.
Shortening the preseason would allow for a longer “ramp-up” period, regardless of whether players agree to report a week or two early, and provide extra time for medical experts to finalize game-day protocols for testing, etc. More at the top of the hour on @nflnetwork— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020
This would be in lieu of beginning training camp earlier, which Pelissero speculates that players might not be fond of. Reducing the number of preseason games and utilizing that time to further conduct a better offseason program (to make up for missed time) could be more beneficial. Pelissero notes that these possibilities would have no impact on the regular season schedule.
The status of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony is still up-in-the-air. While “Plan A” is still to have everything as normal, including with fans in attendance, I don’t know how realistic that is. There are a bunch of contingency plans, such as delaying it a few weeks to a month, holding it virtually (very unlikely), or delaying it until 2021 to have both classes’ ceremonies next year.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Plan A is still to hold enshrinement weekend Aug. 6-9 with fans on hand. But contingency plans include a 2-3 week delay, rescheduling for mid-September and moving everything to 2021. A "virtual" enshrinement is unlikely. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/wIq9DPhM3g— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2020