There is a chance Minnesota Vikings fans will need to wait longer to see the team in action.
COVID-19 has been putting a halt to all types of entertainment during the pandemic. Movies, television, sports, and much more have been either postponed or canceled due to the Virus. Sadly, it looks as though this will have an impact on the Minnesota Vikings as well.
According to earlier reports, the NFL is looking to shorten the preseason to two weeks, playing only the Week 2 and Week 3 contests. However, things may be a little different if the NFLPA gets its way.
According to an article shared on NFL.com, the NFLPA has already voted on a motion to completely eliminate all of the preseason contests to give teams more time in training camp and to make their cuts.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo is reporting that the NFL and the NFLPA have opened a dialogue about the length of the preseason, but the two sides aren’t exactly seeing eye-to-eye.
"“It’s clear that the union and the league are not on the same page with regard to the length of the preseason right now,” Garafolo said during his report on NFL NOW."
What does this mean for the Minnesota Vikings?
For now, fans of the Minnesota Vikings should accept that at least two weeks will be shaved off the preseason schedule. That means the Week 2 game against the Bengals and the Week 3 game against the Browns could still be on the table.
However, be ready in case the NFLPA is able to convince the NFL to cancel the preseason entirely. If COVID-19 continues to be a problem as game dates approach, the league will be forced to make some tough decisions, including ones that could cost them money.
Of course, the NFL would love to get fans in seats and warm up fans and players with some preseason football, but safety has to be the top priority for players and staff as well as fans in attendance at each preseason game.
This will be an interesting situation to watch develop as the NFL and the NFLPA are likely going to continue fighting over this topic for a while. Fans who want to see the Minnesota Vikings wearing their helmets and purple and gold jerseys may have to wait a little longer to see them in action.