Believe it or not, football is back!
Real, live football will be played Thursday night in Canton Ohio when the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals meet in the Hall Of Fame game.
This game, played to honor each year’s inductees to the NFL Hall Of Fame is essentially a fifth pre-season game for the teams involved.
The Cowboys have yet to announce anything regarding their starters — and would anyone be surprised if they played them to score a touchdown or two against Arizona’s backups to set the stage for Jerry Jones’ induction into the HOF? Dallas did leave Maliek Collins, Ryan Switzer, Justin Durant, Jourdan Lewis, and David Irving behind when traveling to Ohio.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has already said that his starters won’t be playing, so fans shouldn’t expect to see Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, or Chandler Jones. Also, Palmer’s back-up Drew Stanton is not expected to play, leaving Blaine Gabbart as the expected starter for Arizona.
While there won’t be star power on the field for Arizona, it gives opportunities for young players to shine. And hey, its still Football!
- What: Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
- When: Thursday, Aug. 3
- Where: Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium, Canton Ohio
- Game time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC - Announcers - Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
- Online: NBC Sports Online