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Falcons owner convinced that 2020 NFL season will be shortened to 16 games

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The NFL season isn’t supposed to be underway until September, but the coronavirus could even impact that.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank certainly thinks the structure of the season could look different due to the aftershock of this Covid-19 pandemic. He predicts that the regular season will be cut down to 16 games.

“If I had to speculate now, and I use the word speculate because that’s really all it is, I would say yes,” said Blank.

“Only because it’s so far away from where we are today. I could easily see camps being shorter, players being tested on a daily basis, things of that nature. No fan attendance. Things like that. We may have fewer preseason games, which probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. But I think by September, my hope is by the time the regular season starts, that we’ll be able to bring people together in some form or fashion in a safe manner and play.”

It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition. The United States’ progress in their recovery from coronavirus over the next month will determine a lot in the world of sports moving forward.

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NFL coming to Germany?

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The NFL looks poised to expand their reach in the European market beyond the United Kingdom.

The league announced that a German city will host an NFL regular season game in the near future. They are hoping for next season, but 2023 remains a more realistic goal due to scheduling conflicts that result from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The biding war to host an NFL contest is down to three German cities; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

“After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the `candidate phase’ of the process,” the league said in a statement. “Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.” said the NFL in the statement.

More to come.

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Patriots part ways with pro bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore

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After being unable to work out a contract restructure, the New England Patriots have decided to move on from Stephen Gilmore.

The team announced that they have cut the four-time pro bowler before he
was eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform List after Week 6.

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my goodbye to this great fan base,” said Gilmore.

“We enjoyed so much success together and you have been an incredible inspiration for my achievements.”

The 31-year old had spent the past four season with the franchise, posting 185 combined tackles, 52 passes defended, 11 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over a span of 56 combined games.

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Jaguars trade cornerback CJ Henderson to Panthers

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CJ Henderson’s tenure in Jacksonville did not last long.

Just over a year after picking him 9th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have dealt the sophomore cornerback and a 2022 fifth round draft pick to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for tight end Dan Arnold and a 2022 third round selection.

Henderson, who many experts thought was picked way too high in the 2020 Draft, ended up playing in just 10 combined games for the Jaguars. He recorded just 44 combined tackles, six passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception during that span.

The Jaguars have had a disappointing start to 2021, going 0-3 despite a shiny new head coach and the first overall pick as their new starting quarterback.

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