NFLPA votes to skip the entire 2020 preseason


The funds would aid in managing costs during the 2020 season.

The NFL has maintained its desire to begin the season on time, but recently reduced the preseason from four to two games.

Naturally, that wasn't an appealing offer to the players' union, which told ownership "to kick rocks" when the option was brought up. They count on those games for exposure and as opportunities to show their coaches that they deserve a spot on the 53-man roster.

A team's travelling party will reportedly be limited to include no more than 110 non-players, and all members must wear masks.

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The NFL plans to consider the NFL Players Association's recommendation to cancel the preseason though it prefers to cut the schedule in half, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday night. Teams are preparing for a range of scenarios, from no fans to almost full stadiums, and the National Football League is leaving those choices to the clubs and local health regulators.

The NFL and NFLPA formed a joint committee of doctors, trainers and strength coaches to develop protocols to address the coronavirus, Tretter wrote.

Training camps are scheduled to open in the last week in July, with rookies and quarterbacks potentially reporting the week before. Players could be fined for off-field actives that lead to the spread of the virus.

"Every decision this year that prioritizes normalcy over innovation, custom over science or even football over health, significantly reduces our chances of completing the full season", Tretter wrote. The Cowboys, in particular, will be losing three preseason games due to the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game.