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Preseason games now down to two

And may be wiped out completely.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers
A detailed view of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 9, 2019.
Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Hall of Fame game has already been cancelled. Two more preseason games can be added to the list.

According to Pro Football Talk, preseason games in Weeks 1 and 4 have been removed from the schedule with an official announcement coming Thursday from the NFL. The Bucs were scheduled to play in Pittsburgh in Game 1 and travel to Cleveland for Game 4.

The move was driven by two primary factors. First, teams who will be playing preseason games on the road won’t want to move that many people. Second, given that no teams had on-field practice sessions in the offseason, coaches would rather have the extra time to work with their teams, and that will happen if they don’t have to worry about two extra preseason games.

But it may not end there.

PFT is also reporting that the NFLPA is looking to have the preseason limited to just one game or cancelled altogether.

As of now, it appears that angle has yet to be set but one that will undoubtedly gain some traction as more players are vocalizing their concerns for playing in the regular season.

The Buccaneers and the rest of the league are set to start training camps July 28. Those plans still seem to be moving forward.