According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is planning to announce Thursday that it will be cutting its preseason to just four games.
The report states that the plan will be to eliminate the first and fourth weeks of the exhibition season.
The impetus for the change is to limit the amount of travel for teams, while also giving coaches more time to have on-field practice for their rosters rather than having to prepare for preseason games. The two games impacted are both usually the least important considering Week 1 is usually an opportunity to play a massive amount of players, with Week 4 rarely including key starters.
The idea for such a change was recently surfaced by OMF host Christian Fauria, who stated on June 25: "I think they most definitely will (cancel two preseason games)," Fauria said. "What I heard last week when I was out of town was a big concern with the amount of time they have to install everything and the amount of players they have to teach and the limited space they have to do all this stuff. There's so many different variables, and I said, 'Hell, you should probably push the season back.'
"What I got, and I'm paraphrasing here, is they've already accounted for that. They're going to get rid of two preseason games. This was last week. Now we just heard they're canceling the Hall of Fame Game. ... Just more time in general. They just need more time. They cannot fit four weeks of planning into such a short period of time. They need more time."