NFL to cut 1st and 4th preseason games

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks around the playimng fdield during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

The NFL has cut the first and fourth weeks of the 2020 preseason according to multiple reports.

Pro Football Talk was the first to report.

The NFL will start its preseason in the week of Aug. 20-24. The second week of preseason is slated for Aug. 27-31.

Each NFL team will be able to play one home game and an away game.

The extra time will allow teams to have more practice time, a key ingredient given that all of the NFL’s offseason workouts were cut. Teams were forced to have a “virtual offseason” with meetings on Zoom, Discord, and other video conferencing services to replicate the nine-week offseason workout program.

Training camp is still on target for July 28 across the NFL. The first regular season game of the 101st NFL season is Sept. 10 between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the NBA, NHL, and spring college sports seasons. MLB was beginning its spring training camps when the lock downs hit the nation. Both NBA and MLB are scheduled to return or commence their respective regular seasons by July 31. The NHL has also decided to have their spring training as they choose to resume their suspended regular season.