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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 133: HOF Game Canceled As Time Runs Out
Published July 22, 2011
DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE: In Chicago, Biggs & McClure note the cancelation of the game is “no surprise.” The Bears and Rams “were supposed to report to camp Friday." The teams will be "showing up at least five days late, which would have given them at most 10 days to prepare for the game and made player safety a significant issue.” Bears LB Brian Urlacher said, "It's a preseason game. It doesn't mean anything. So that's one less chance we have to get people hurt. I definitely respect the Hall of Fame and all that stuff, but again, it doesn't mean anything. I'm not mad one bit about it being canceled" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/22). ESPN CHICAGO’s Michael Wright noted “publicly and privately, several players had expressed concern about safety if the league forced the teams to play the game on its originally scheduled date.” Bears S Chris Harris said, “I'm not going to fight them on it. Everybody else plays four (games), and to be selected to play in that fifth preseason game can be a little taxing, especially with as little preparation as we're going to have” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 7/21).