Per week or so after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine indicated it may need to occur, the NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton that was set to open the league’s preseason on August 6.
In conjunction with the cancellation, the Hall of Fame’s August eight enshrinement ceremony is being postponed as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s the primary main occasion the NFL has had to outright cancel as a result of of the coronavirus because the league was in a position to shift the format of its draft to maintain it nearly and in addition allowed free company to be performed as regular, albeit with social distancing.
The league has requested gamers to maintain off on conducting group exercises earlier than coaching camp begins, a request which has fallen on deaf ears in Tampa Bay. As it stands now, the bulk of groups are scheduled to report to coaching camp on July 28, however that would change relying on what occurs with the virus within the subsequent month.
The 23,000 tickets for the August sport between the Steelers and Cowboys offered out in an hour indicating there have been lots of followers who had been prepared to attend in particular person, COVID-19 considerations be damned. The sport is anticipated to be performed in Canton in 2021.
Had the sport been performed, it might have been our first likelihood to see if gamers determined to kneel throughout the enjoying of the nationwide anthem. Earlier this week, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin mentioned he’s snug along with his gamers talking out about social justice so long as it’s carried out “thoughtfully and with class.”
“Our position is simple,” Tomlin mentioned. “We are going to support our players and their willingness to partake in this, whether it is statements or actions. You guys know my feelings, I have stated them in the past. Statements are good, but impact is better. Particularly long-term impact.”
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