NFLPA reps recommend not playing any preseason games

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The NFL Players Association held a pair of conference calls with players on Thursday and Friday to discuss the protocols and concerns surrounding the return to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the topics up for discussion was the preseason schedule. The NFL moved to cut the schedule from four games to two games earlier this week, but word from those calls is that players are looking for a deeper cut.

Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that player reps voted to recommend playing no preseason games this summer while on Thursday’s call. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the union has discussed a camp schedule that would have three days of medical and equipment checks and three weeks of strength and conditioning work before moving into multiple weeks of practice ahead of the first week of the regular season.

There’s been no sign that the league is ready to scrap the rest of the preseason schedule, but it will likely be talked about as both sides work to come up with a firm plan for how to move forward with the 2020 season.

26 responses to “NFLPA reps recommend not playing any preseason games

  1. Why risk injury in meaningless preseason games when there won’t even be a regular season?

  2. It’s now a short step from no pre-season games to no games, period. The handwriting is on the wall, for those who can see it.

  3. The Union also wants to cut back the regular season to 8 games with all players getting full salaries.

  4. With each passing day it becomes more and more evident that the 2020 football season is toast.

  5. Brilliant!
    Why would you wanna give your covid protocol a practice run when your can just dive in head first?

  6. No OTA’s, limited camp, & no preseason? Even if the NFL does end up playing this season, the games are going to stink.

  7. Well that should make all the players happy. There will be 1,200 players on injured reserve after 1st game. Miss 9 games and get paid for pulled hamstrings, turf toe, butt contusions etc

  8. I recommend boycotting NFL football all together. Let the players kneel in their new career paths.

  9. Brilliant!
    Why would you wanna give your covid protocol a practice run when your can just dive in head first?

    Because more money is made with regular season games and right now, the league is hoping to play as many games as possible.

     

  10. The NFLPA always recommends not playing or practicing. In fact if they could just get the NFL to mail the players checks for nothing I think they’d love it.

  11. I’m all in favor of no exhibition games–and that’s what they are: exhibition games at exorbitant prices. Screw that. College football doesn’t have preseason games. The NFL should just have their practices, make their personnel choices, and start playing. However, all of this is moot because there isn’t going to be a 2020 season anyway. COVID-19 will see to that. The virus doesn’t care whether we want football or not.

  12. The NFLPA and these cry babies would suggest not playing at all if they’d get paid.

  13. If, and it’s a big if, they play at all this season, it’s going to be a joke. I can see it now, teams battling it out for the playoffs and someone, maybe not even a player, gets Covid, then whole team is quarantined. What are they going to do, put a “Now Hiring” sign out in front of the stadium? LOL

  14. It would also help the veterans keep their jobs, as there will be less opportunity for rookies to make an impression, especially undrafted free agents.

  15. v2787 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I’m all in favor of no exhibition games–and that’s what they are: exhibition games at exorbitant prices. Screw that. College football doesn’t have preseason games. The NFL should just have their practices, make their personnel choices, and start playing. However, all of this is moot because there isn’t going to be a 2020 season anyway. COVID-19 will see to that. The virus doesn’t care whether we want football or not.

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    If the NFL had rosters the size of college teams, they wouldn’t need preseason games either.

  16. Gordon Hay says:
    July 3, 2020 at 4:14 pm
    It would also help the veterans keep their jobs, as there will be less opportunity for rookies to make an impression, especially undrafted free agents

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    Disagree. A lot of those veterans are pulling in big money, and have a shaky injury past. Most of these UDFA are at league minimum, and have nowhere near the health issues. There will be a lot of vets on the waiver wire. No drafted players land anywhere worse than the practice squad.

  17. All of the adults in the room (i.e. those who run/administer the NFL, NBA, and MLB) know damn well that there is not going to be a season. Why cannot they just come clean, own up, admit what they know to be true. This constant baiting of the fan base is infuriating. I don’t understand what the point is of the continued trotting out of continually revised contingency plans. The King has no clothes and everyone with half an attention span can see that. The Bubble. The Second Bubble. Even their own people don’t believe them anymore. Just put it to rest.

  18. My fantasy football league will play this year…I dont how, but we will NEVER cancel a whole season.

  19. I bet we are going to see some sloppy play and a lot of injuries if this season happens. In stadiums with no fans. It’s going to be one ugly season to forget.

  20. Better solution: cancel the season and let them all sit home with no pay…they can play the national anthem on their iPhones and kneel all they want.

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