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NFL rumors: Here’s why 2020 preseason schedule could be shortened

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The NFL preseason schedule normally consists of four games per team, but that could change in 2020.

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL and NFLPA have discussed the idea of shortening the 2020 preseason, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday.

Giving medical professionals as much time as possible to lend their expertise to the league is a smart idea. The preseason is an important evaluation period for teams as they finalize their 53-man rosters, but the health and safety of everyone involved obviously is of a higher importance.

The first preseason matchup is the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, which is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.: vs. Detroit Lions
Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: vs. Carolina Panthers
Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.: at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.: at New York Giants

The NFL reportedly has already canceled joint practices scheduled for August. The Patriots and Lions had agreed to hold joint practices before their preseason matchup on Aug. 13 at Gillette Stadium, but those sessions won’t happen.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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