NFL Hall of Fame Game Cancelled Due to Safety Concerns

The “slick” and “hard” midfield logo draws NFL worries

Last Updated: August 7, 2016 @ 8:30 PM

Football fans who’ve been counting the days to that first preseason game can keep counting because Sunday night’s Hall of Fame match between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled due to “poor field conditions.”

NFL Media’s Steve Wyche reported that the players were pulled back into the locker room after field safety concerns were raised.

“We saw all the head officials from both teams and the pro-football Hall of Fame discussing the field,” Wyche said. “The main issue is the midfield logo. It had been painted and, from what we are hearing in talking with several people, it was hard and it was slick. And there were other spots on the field that were hard. There’s too many concerns where these coaches didn’t want to put their players in jeopardy.”

A similar concern came up before last year’s Hall of Fame game because the turf “wasn’t great” and a key player was badly hurt.

NFL Media’s Michael Silver said, “Unfortunately, Shaun Suisham — the Steelers’ kicker — suffered a seasoning-ending knee injury [during kick-off].” That injury forced Suisham to announce his NFL retirement early this summer.

The Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, has since undergone the first phase of a three-year renovation.

A new date for the game has yet to be scheduled.


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