News broke this morning that the league’s annual Hall of Fame Game, the NFL’s kickoff to the season, will be canceled because of COVID-19. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the story regarding the league’s change of plan.
The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 is being canceled and the Hall of Fame’s enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 25, 2020
As Schefter has reported also, they will postpone the NFL’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony for the same reason. All this points to a shortened preseason as most analysts have speculated on in recent months. From the looks of how everything is slowly developing, we may not see football until early September.
Also reported by Schefter, the two teams slated to kick off the 2020 season being the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys, will lead off the 2021 season instead. This is the very first event canceled by the NFL amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As it has been reported earlier this week, clubs will supposedly report for training camp on July 28th. All of this, to include the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, will be discussed later today during the NFL owner’s virtual meeting.
Stay tuned to Bucs Report as the story develops.