The NFL will announce it has shortened the 2020 preseason to two games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The inability of teams to meet in person and hold mini-camps during the offseason certainly played a role in this decision. However, there’s likely to be more changes coming soon.
In fact, Lions backup quarterback Chase Daniel hinted as such when responding to Wednesday’s report of a shortened preseason.
“Many more changes coming than just that,” Daniel wrote on Twitter. “2020 NFL season will not be recognizable that’s for sure.” Daniel, 33, is a 10-year veteran of the NFL who has played in 65 career games.
The NFL has already released its schedule for the 2020 regular season. Does Daniel's tweet suggest the league is going to change that schedule to take into account the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States?
The season is scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 10, with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans. It’s expected to conclude with the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay on Feb. 7.
There are certainly a lot of moving parts here. Will fans be allowed to attend games? If so, will they be forced to sign liability waivers? What will happen if there’s a major outbreak of COVID-19 around the NFL?
As with everything else sports-related, the NFL is a victim of circumstance when it comes to the virus. For now, there’s certainly skepticism that the 2020 NFL season will look anything like what the league had hoped.
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