Cowboys, Steelers will not play NFL’s Hall of Fame game, enshrinement ceremony postponed
There were doubts on whether the Hall of Fame game would be played or not, and those doubts came into reality on Thursday morning. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers won’t play in the coveted matchup and the enshrinement ceremony was postponed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Back in March, it was decided that the Cowboys and Steelers would square off in the Hall of Fame game in 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is canceling that matchup.
Above all, they are postponing the enshrinement ceremony until a later date. As of this moment, it appears that this year’s class will be enshrined sometime next year. Plus, Dallas and Pittsburgh will now face each other in the 2021 Hall of Fame game.
Before the league canceled the Hall of Fame game, it was scheduled to take place on August 6. Following that, the enshrinement ceremony was supposed to be conducted on August 8.
As a result of both being changed, the Hall of Fame events are the first major events that the NFL has had to cancel or postpone this offseason. The league was able to have NFL free agency on time and held the 2020 NFL Draft virtually.
Seeing that the Hall of Fame is no longer happening, the Cowboys and Steelers will now likely report to training camp when the other 30 teams do. Barring any changes, training camps are slated to begin on July 28.
About a week ago, Cameron Heyward of the Steelers expressed his skepticism on the Hall of Fame game being played. Fast forward to now and Heyward’s concerns were a popular sentiment, causing the NFL to alter the schedule.