Thomas Morstead offers a solution. Morstead is the Saints player rep, btw. He suggests they eliminate one preseason game and go to a 18-week schedule with 2 byes. Then, any team that plays a Thursday night game would have a bye week before that game, giving them 11 days off before the Thursday and 10 after. Don't know if the schedule makers could make that work, and I know the league wouldn't want to give up a game, even in the preseason.