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An 18-game regular season remains a consideration, but not before the NFL has gone through a full season of the practice and workout limitations in the new CBA. While acknowledging the quality of preseason games is not what the league wants, Pash said the NFL must effectively balance health and safety concerns for the players with an expansion of the regular season.

The union would have to approve increasing the schedule from 16 games, and would certainly seek more roster spots.

Pash also said the league is examining changes to the Pro Bowl to make it more competitive and interesting.

“It’s not going to ever look like a playoff game,” he said, “but to improve it so fans are not saying `I feel bad watching it.’

`’The guys in the game say they were a little embarrassed by it.”