NFL, players agree to remove preseason schedule, reports show

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The NFL and its players agreed on Tuesday to cancel the league’s pre-season schedule this year as they prepare for the next regular season amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The NFL Players Association, along with the team owners, have agreed to cut the entire 2020 preseason and have also chosen to downsize training camps, USA Today reported.

Union leaders reportedly briefed players on the decision during a conference call Tuesday night.

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The NFL made an offer Monday to cut all preseason games after the Players’ Association tried to cut them.

The annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, which normally begins the preseason, has already been abandoned in late June. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers were scheduled to meet in that game on August 6.

The owners initially wanted to cut the preseason from four to two, but the players opposed the plan.

The union has expressed concerns about the potential risks of coronavirus from any unnecessary travel, given the ongoing pandemic, according to USA Today.

Also this week, the New York Jets and New York Giants have said they will play home games without fans present this season at MetLife Stadium, to comply with New Jersey Governor Phil’s coronavirus crackdown. Murphy at large public gatherings. Some other teams, like the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, plan to admit a limited number of fans to their home games.

The league also said it expects to spend around $ 75 million on COVID-19 testing for players and other staff this season.

BioReference Labs will charge a flat fee covering up to 120 tests per team per day, with additional tests available at $ 125 each, ProFootballTalk reported on Monday.

Teams will pay 1/32 of the total fee, and they will pay individually for any additional tests that players require.

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Earlier Monday, the league said players will be tested for coronavirus daily for at least the first two weeks of training camp, according to the league’s new testing protocols.

Daniel Canova of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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