Report: NFLPA Proposes Reducing Rosters from 90 to 80 for Training Camps

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 4, 2020

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The NFL Players Association has reportedly proposed reduced rosters for training camps.

Per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the union has "expressed a desire" to the league that they would prefer rosters of 80 players instead of the usual 90.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that teams were "likely" to bring fewer than 90 players to camp, with 75 or 80 cited as possible options.

Florio noted that the NFLPA is also looking to limit the number of players at team facilities at one time to 20 for the first three weeks of training camp: "The number doubles to a maximum of 40 during the next phase of 10 days of non-contact practices."

Per ESPN's Kevin Seifert, the NFL is reducing the preseason schedule from four to two games for all 32 teams. The league hasn't officially announced that change, potentially because of ongoing negotiations with the NFLPA.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported the union has discussed a training camp schedule that includes no preseason games:

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All of these potential changes are an attempt to reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases leading up to the start of the regular season.

The NFL has informed teams that training camps are expected to open July 28, with "rookies and selected players" allowed to report earlier.

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