If you’re a fan of preseason football — and let’s be honest, who isn’t!?! — you’re in luck. You’ll get to watch the Green Bay Packers play a fifth preseason game in 2016.
The NFL has announced the Packers will face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. ET in the Hall of Fame game. The game takes place in Canton, Ohio and serves as the capper for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.
When it was announced that Brett Favre would be part of the 2016 class, the NFL immediately reached out to the Packers. Although both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and guard T.J. Lang have spoken out against the game, the decision to play in it ultimately goes to president Mark Murphy.
And he only cares about the bottom line. This will surely help increase it, so who cares what the players think?
As for the Colts, they have two members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class — former coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.
The one benefit of all this is the Packers will now start training camp earlier, since their first preseason game comes earlier.
The Packers started camp on July 30 in 2015. Expect that date to move up about a week.