The NFL announced on Thursday that they are cancelling the Hall of Fame game and Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, which was set to take place on August 6 and 8 in Canton, Ohio. Among those who had their induction speech and enshrinement delayed is former Rams receiver Isaac Bruce, whereas the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers just had their first preseason game canceled.
More cancellation announcements could be coming soon.
The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 is being canceled and the Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources told ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 25, 2020
The NFL is set to have a conference call between owners on Thursday afternoon according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post, at which point they could cut the preseason schedule in half because of the coronavirus pandemic, as has been the rumor. The Rams first preseason game is set to be at home against the New Orleans Saints for the debut of SoFi Stadium on August 14.
They next play “at” the LA Chargers, which is also at SoFi, on August 22nd. If the NFL simply cuts the schedule in half by delaying it for two weeks, the Rams will play two fewer games at the new SoFi Stadium, assuming it is ready to open by then.
The cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game due to the coronavirus pandemic could be part of a shortening of the NFL preseason from four (or five, in the case of the Cowboys and Steelers) to two games per team. NFL owners are to speak by video conference this afternoon.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) June 25, 2020
Bruce is set to be inducted into Canton alongside Steve Atwater, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, and Troy Polamalu on the players side. No rescheduled date has been announced as of yet.