NFL Cancels All Preseason Games in 2020

Panthers wide receiver. Curtis Samuel (10). during the NFL preseason football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9036113e)

We’ll have to wait the regular season in order to enjoy football again. According to multiple reports, the NFL decided to cancel all preseason games in 2020.

NFL previously discussed several options for the preseason amid the coronavirus pandemic, including playing two games compared to the usual four. However, with the health crisis getting worse in recent weeks, the league made a proposal to the NFL Players’ Association to have no preseason games.

The union accepted the offer on Tuesday and officially informed the players.

NFLPA previously pushed for this scenario, as they believe it will lower the safety and health risks of the players. Still, having no preseason games will bear some significant challenges.

Usually, preseason games were a great way for undrafted players to impress and make the roster. Veterans also had the chance to solidify their place on the depth chart or show enough to get a chance from another organization.

The preseason football also enables teams to shake off the summer rust and get them in the game shape ahead of the regular season.

Despite all of this, the decision to have no games ahead of the start of the regular season is probably the wisest thing. It will help the league avoid unnecessary risk, and it won’t be such bad news for fans, as they can’t attend.