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Cancellation of Hall of Fame game means the Ravens will kick off the preseason

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The annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio was cancelled this week due to unsafe field conditions. The paint on the field, especially for the logo at midfield and the end zones, had congealed and rubberized. Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche,

The game was scheduled to be played on Sunday August 7, between the Packers and the Colts. The Hall of Fame game, like always, was scheduled as the first preseason game, marking the return of pro football.

With the cancellation of the game however, Baltimore, as well as a few other teams, will be the ones to kick off the new season on Thursday night. The games on Thursday are: Redskins at Falcons at 7 pm, Buccaneers at Eagles at 7 pm, Panthers at Ravens at 7:30 pm, Saints at Patriots at 7:30 pm, Jaguars at Jets at 7:30 pm and Broncos at Bears at 8 pm. Baltimore’s preseason games, like always, will be televised on Comcast Sport Net.

Football is, finally, almost here. Are you ready?