Proven NFL veterans can afford to miss time at training camp.
Players who are bouncing back from injury, competing for a job or finding themselves in their first year of the league cannot afford to miss anything.
Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles asked rookies and select veterans to report to camp on Monday, July 26. The rest of the squad didn't have to show up at Lehigh University until Saturday, July 31.
When camp finally broke on Aug. 17, the players and coaches had nearly a month of practice and one preseason game in the books. They also had three more preseason games in hand.
The NFL lockout could change all of that in a big way.
If things take a drastic turn for the worst, the NFL schedule may be reduced to eight games, according to ProFootballTalk.
The site goes on to talk about free agency, training camp and the preseason being truncated to a mere five-week window.
Regardless of how likely this is to occur, it gives us an idea about what the NFL may be forced to do if a deal does not get done soon. We may see some of the training camp and preseason schedule get cut.
Fans won't necessarily mind it because their favorite teams and players will still be out there. But for a select group of Philadelphia Eagles, they need all the time and preparation they can get.