Jul 05, 2020
AP source: NFL to analyze whether preseason is canceled
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The NFL plans to consider the players union’s recommendation to cancel the preseason, although it would prefer only to cut it in half, a person close to the talks said.
On Wednesday, the league decided to cut the preseason from four to two games, as well as postpone its start, so that teams have more time to train, taking into account that the coronavirus pandemic forced to cancel the recess practices, he told The Associated Press a person aware of the decision.
However, the board of representatives for the NFL Players Association voted Thursday to ask that the league cancel the entire preseason, two people who were part of that conversation said.
Under the union agreement, the NFL can impose up to four preseason games per team this year and up to three in 2021, when the regular season is expanded to 17 games. Teams playing the annual Hall of Fame game may contest an additional commitment.
That game, between the Cowboys and Steelers, was scheduled for August 6, but has already been canceled.
The four people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and union have not reached an agreement.
The pandemic forced the teams to carry out all their break programs through videoconferences. Thus, the members of the teams will meet for the first time this month, when the practice camps open.
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NBA: Rockets doubt whether Russell Westbrook will be able to start the playoffs
NBA Muscle strain in the right cudriceps
The Houston rockets reported this Wednesday that their star base Russell westbrook is not guaranteed the start of the playoffs after an MRI would reveal that he has a muscle strain in the right cudriceps.
Westbrook not playing on the remainder of the regular season schedule, the two games that the Rockets still have to play, and be retested before the playoffs begin next week.
The team had planned for Westbrook to skip this afternoon’s game against the Indiana Pacers to rest, but has now also been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Sixers.
Westbrook, who was late to the NBA’s Walt Disney World campus because tested positive for COVID-19, first felt pain in the right cudriceps after the Rockets’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on August 4.
The Rockets’ star point guard played 28 minutes in Houston’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs (105-123) on Tuesday, and had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star acquired last summer in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaged 27.2 points; 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in his first season with the Rockets.