The Cowboys are scheduled to play five exhibition games before that, including the Hall of Fame game. Preseason games are huge for on-the-bubble players and are where some guys have earned their spot on the regular roster. They obviously do not have the sex appeal of regular season games, but they are undoubtedly important.
Things are still very much up in the air thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a whole, the NFL has managed to carry on business relatively normally, but they might be looking at making a notable cut.
The NFL is reportedly considering shortening the 2020 preseason
We know that coaching staffs are allowed in team buildings and as a result Mike McCarthy and Co. are back at The Star in Frisco. We also know that NFL teams are going to hold training camps at their headquarters so that is where the Cowboys will be when things ultimately get started, whenever that is.
Apparently the NFL is looking a little bit past training camp and is in fact assessing the state of the preseason. It appears that they are considering cutting it short by two games.
The NFL and NFL Players Association are discussing the possibility of shortening the 2020 preseason, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday, according to sources informed of the situation.
Nothing has been finalized or is near finalization, but multiple team executives informed of talks currently believe they could end up playing half of the typical preseason schedule, going from four games to two, Pelissero added. A shortened preseason would allow for a longer ramp-up period for a league filled with players who weren’t able to get their usual offseason work in with their teams due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Pelissero, there have been talks about implementing an earlier report date to allow for a longer runway for players to better acclimate themselves to the physical requirements necessary to participate in training camp and actual games. Some think the players won’t be very eager to report early, leading to the discussion of a shortened preseason to allow for the longer ramp-up period to still happen within the confines of a schedule that has a hard regular season start date of Sept. 10 when the Chiefs host the Texans.
Perhaps most importantly, a shortened preseason and longer ramp-up period would also allow for the league’s medical experts to better implement and refine safety and testing protocols for COVID-19.
As mentioned, the Cowboys are actually slated to play in five preseason games as they are currently scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
The Cowboys are scheduled to play in Canton as both Jimmy Johnson and Cliff Harris will be enshrined in football’s most illustrious fraternity, but even the annual HOF ceremony is in question as well.
“Our plan right now is to go forward as if we’re going to have a full ceremony.”@nflnetwork @gmfb— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) June 10, 2020
But, David Baker says the @ProFootballHOF has five contigency plans, one of which would delay the HOF ceremony until next year.
Obviously we have no idea what the future holds for the preseason and what not, but the NFL still has time to figure things out. Other sports around the world are beginning to resume activity so the league will also be able to see what works and doesn’t for different organizations.