As expected, the Green Bay Packers have been picked to play in the annual Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The game will conclude the Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend, which will be highlighted by the induction of former Packers quarterback Brett Favre and include the induction of former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison and former Colts coach Tony Dungy. The Class of 2016 will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the game set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.
By playing in the Hall of Fame game, the Packers will have five preseason games this season — good news for coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson to help them evaluate his roster; bad news for McCarthy and Thompson as they hope to another Jordy Nelson-type preseason injury.
Not only will the Packers play a fifth preseason game but, because they start the preseason a week before the rest of the league, they’ll start training camp a week earlier, too. Last year, they started training camp on July 30, with Family Night on Aug. 8 and the preseason starting on Aug. 13. This year, the Packers could start training camp on the weekend of July 23-24 — the earliest start date would be July 23 — with Family Night perhaps on Saturday, July 30.
The Packers will be playing in the Hall of Fame Game for the fifth time and the first time since 2003, when they lost 9-0 to Kansas City in a game ended early due to lightning and heavy rain. Their 1980 Hall of Fame Game vs. San Diego also was halted due to storms and ended in a 0-0 draw.
Favre was selected for the Hall of Fame a day before Super Bowl 50.
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