The Rams announced they were be playing in Aloha Stadium last November, but no opponent was named at the time. Now, ESPN is reporting the Cowboys are in talks with LA to be that opponent for a possible game on August 17.
As ESPN reporter Todd Archer writes, this could affect a possible joint practice between the two teams.
Because the teams will play against each other in the regular season, there is some reluctance to practice against each other before the preseason game, but both teams could go to Hawaii early for separate practices and community events.
The Rams and Cowboys played preseason games against one another in 2016 and 2017 following joint practices in 2015 that were cut short when the Rams put boots to asses and got into a scuffle with Dallas. WR Dez Bryant was also punched in the face by Rams unsung hero CB Imoan Claiborne:
The two teams have been tied together intimately since Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones assisted Rams Owner Stan Kroenke in relocating the Rams back to Los Angeles. The preseason games and joint practices though have likely been overshadowed by the two recent meetings between the teams: the Rams’ 35-30 road win over the Cowboys in Week 7 of the 2017 season and the recent meetup in the divisional round of the playoffs from this last postseason.
Aloha Stadium last hosted a preseason game in 1976 and hosted the Pro Bowl until 2015. Now, it’s the home of the University of Hawaii football team.
It’s going down on August 17.