Stefanski fields questions about potential 18-game season

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BEREA, Ohio (WJW) — Warm June weather signals that mini-camp is very close and a hot topic continues to be whether the NFL is eventually going from a 17-game regular season schedule to 18 games.

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Cleveland Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski and player Joel Bitonio were asked several questions about that possible format change during Off Season Team Activities (OTA’s) on Monday in Berea.

“Zac [Jackson, Browns staff writer for The Athletic owned by the New York Times] said it’s coming. I don’t know. Yeah. You know, it’s interesting,” Stefanski said.

“We certainly, as coaches, we talk about it and it seems to be the narrative that it’s coming. Wherever they line them up [games] and tell us to play, we’ll play,” Stefanski said.

Guard Joel Bitonio was also asked about the possibility of an 18-game season in the coming years.

“I would think they would get 18 games by the next CBA (collective bargaining agreement) I mean, they have to collectively bargain it. So, I don’t know the details of those talks,” Bitonio said Monday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a splash in April when he brought up the potential for an 18-game regular season which included talk of cutting one pre-season game and adding a second bye-week to give players more rest.

“I think the more games you play, the more time you have to give guys off,” Bitonio said.

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But the players’ union (NFLPA) and the NFL would need to hammer out details on agreeing to 18-games, but collective bargaining is usually a time consuming process as history has shown.

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