Might the entire Philadelphia Eagles 2020 preseason be canceled?
First, there was the news that the Philadelphia Eagles‘ long wait to see Harold Carmichael’s Pro Football Hall of Fame speech would be delayed, which was immediately followed by the news that there would be no Hall of Fame Game. Well, we’ve waited this long to see Mr. Carmichael get in. What’s another season, right?
Then, we heard that some players had gotten sick, but even still, we heard that NFL staff and each of the league’s 32 teams would go back to work and those beloved Eagles would return to the NovaCare Complex. Not so fast. There was that other thing.
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, your head is probably spinning now.
With everyone’s safety in mind, the narrative began circulating at the end of June and beginning of July that it may not be a wise idea to play any preseason games, understandably so, but since that’s happened, you need a fight card or you need to set up some alerts to keep up with everything that’s happened since.
The news that two preseason games might be canceled gave way to the news that everyone had jumped the gun with that story. The NFL Players Association needed to put things to a vote. Well, that’s happened and the entire NFLPA agrees. They believe the entire slate of preseason games should be canceled.
Here’s the full report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano:
"On Thursday night’s NFLPA call, the union’s board of reps voted unanimously to recommend that the NFL play no preseason games this year. It’s unclear whether the league, which has already decided to cut the preseason from four games to two, will consider the recommendation."
As of now, the plan is still for teams to report to their respective camps on July 28th. The plan to scrap two games seems to have carried, and Week 1 and Week 4 will be removed from the Eagles preseason schedule.
That means they’ll still have the opportunity to play the Miami Dolphins on the road in Week 2 and the New England Patriots in a home game at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 3, but the Week 1 road game versus the Indianapolis Colts and their Week 4 home date versus the New York Jets has already been canceled.
Keep a close eye on this story as it continues to develop. As of now, it appears that we’ll still have an NFL regular season, but as of now, it’s almost impossible to determine what that will look like.