Hall of Fame Game to be canceled, enshrinement postponed

NFL Hall of Fame Game canceled enshrinement postponed amid COVID-19 concerns

Originally, the two teams were expected to report July 22 due to their earlier start to the preseason, but instead the Steelers and Cowboys will report July 28 with the majority of other National Football League teams.

League sources told ESPN on Thursday that the NFL will cancel the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame game, originally scheduled for August 6 in Canton, Ohio, and postpone the enshrinement ceremony because of COVID-19.

The Cowboys and Steelers are now expected to play in the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, sources said, and the enshrinement ceremony also is expected to be held next year. "This decision meets that duty". An official announcement is expected later today after the National Football League owners meet on a conference call. It's possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Five modern-era players, Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and three contributors, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young, were set to be enshrined this year. A second ceremony for this year's Centennial Class is scheduled for September 17, and its status remains uncertain. That class includes Harold Carmichael, Jim Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

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