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2020 NFL Hall of Fame Game Cancelled

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NFL Preseason - Hall Of Fame Game - Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles - August 6, 2006 Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images

The NFL Hall of Fame Game is a cornerstone of the summer calendar. Football moves from being an idea to a substantial reality; weeks, rather than months, remain at that point until the NFL season kicks off. Early August. Kind of, sort of football. Remembrance of legends past.

This season, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers were going to kick off the 2020 NFL preseason by playing in Canton, Ohio on August 6th. Due to COVID-19, however, the NFL is delaying the game a year—to August 8, 2021. The Hall of Fame’s player enshrinement ceremony will also be postponed a year.

The NFL has told teams they still expect training camps to begin on time. For most teams and players, including the Texans, this means reporting no later than July 28th.

This is of course subject to change like all things. With cases rising around the country and players testing positive in offseason workouts, training camps, preseason, and the 2020 NFL season are all in a fragile state.