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Reports: NFL Shortens 2020 Preseason Schedule To Two Weeks

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs out runs J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans during the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The National Football League plans to shorten the 2020 preseason schedule to two weeks, according to multiple reports.

Weeks one and four will be cut from the preseason slate, according to Pro Football Talk.

The NFL is reportedly expected to announce the adjustments in the coming days.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, the primary factor in the tweaked preseason “was the understanding that players will need longer to get into football shape.”

Seifert reported that there will be about a three week “acclimatization period” between the starting of NFL training camps and the first preseason games.

In early June, NFL coaching staffs were allowed to return to work at team facilities.

The league and NFLPA are currently working to finalize protocols for players to return to team facilities for training camp in July.

The 2020 NFL season is currently scheduled to kick-off when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans on Thursday, September 10.