NFL owners have dropped a proposal for an 18-game regular season and are instead focusing on an expanded 17-game season. The current schedule is set to 16 games. 

"Not enough support (for) 18 and players would not go for it either," a source told The Athletic, which first reported the story.

The expanded 17-game regular season could also eliminate preseason games entirely, a source told ESPN

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The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL players union and the owners expires after the 2020 season. NFL owners had initially imposed the start of the 2019 season as a deadline to negotiate a new CBA. Although one has not been made, sources told ESPN that a deal is getting closer.

Discussions will resume after NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith finishes his annual visit with the 32 NFL teams.