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NFL Commish Talks About 18-Game Schedule

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL no longer needs four preseason games, but the league should change its offseason training programs.

NFL and union officials discussed adding two games to the regular season when they met Wednesday for their first negotiating session since February. Under the proposal, the schedule would switch from four exhibition and 16 regular-season games to two and 18.

Players have expressed concerns about an increase in injuries. Goodell said Thursday that even players don't like the four exhibition games -- and fans certainly don't now that most starters play sparingly during the preseason.

Goodell answered questions about the labor talks after speaking to high school players at an NFL football clinic in Queens.

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