CANTON, Ohio – The Hall of Fame Game scheduled for Sunday night between the Packers and Colts has been canceled due to the field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium.
According to ESPN, the network slated to broadcast the game, an issue with the paint used on the midfield logo and in the end zones created hard, slick spots on the field that were deemed unsafe.
Efforts with the midfield logo to make the area playable were apparently unsuccessful.
“This is a difficult decision because a lot of fans came a long ways,” Hall of Fame president and executive director David Baker said in an interview with ESPN. “But we feel it’s the only decision to be made.”
Baker said a full refund policy for ticket holders would be announced on Monday.
The players came out to midfield in shorts and jerseys to see the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 introduced, and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy spoke briefly with NFL Network.
He thanked the fans for the efforts to come out and support the team but fully supported the decision.
“At the end of the day it’s about player safety, and I commend David Baker and the Hall of Fame in making the right decision,” McCarthy said. “With that, we have to move on. Thanks again for being here.”
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also spoke on the ESPN set and said he felt particularly bad for rookie QB Joe Callahan, who was going to start the game with Rodgers sitting and Brett Hundley currently injured (ankle).
“It would have been a great opportunity to get some snaps in front of a national audience,” Rodgers said. “But they made the right decision.”
Rodgers also said he was looking forward to seeing some of the team’s receivers get their first game action of the new season, mentioning specifically Davante Adams and rookies Trevor Davis and Geronimo Allison.
“Trevor Davis is a 4.3 guy who can really go,” Rodgers said. “I wanted to see opportunities for him to catch some over-the-top throws.”
All in all, Rodgers wasn’t concerned about the reps missed from the game, even for the young players, including Callahan and fellow rookie QB Marquise Williams, because the Packers still have four preseason games left.
“I still expect Joe and Marquise to get a lot of opportunities, especially with Brett being hurt right now,” Rodgers said.
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