Some Pittsburgh Steelers news was revealed on Thursday when their first 2020 preseason game was canceled.
It’s a slow time of the year for Pittsburgh Steelers news. But training camp is expected to kick-off for the Steelers in less than a month and then there should be plenty to talk about when it comes to the black and gold.
On Thursday, however, Pittsburgh and their fans found out that the team will no longer be participating in this year’s Hall of Fame Game. The Steelers were originally scheduled to begin their 2020 preseason against the Dallas Cowboys at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, but this matchup has apparently been canceled.
Instead, the game and the induction of the 2020 Hall of Fame class has been rescheduled to take place in 2021. Pittsburgh will now begin this year’s preseason at home on Friday, August 14 against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What does this Steelers news mean for the team moving forward?
In addition to Pittsburgh’s first preseason matchup being delayed until August 14 now, the team will now check into training camp on July 28 instead of July 22.
This might not be the only 2020 preseason game that is eliminated for the Steelers either. The NFL has reportedly been having discussions about a shortened preseason for this year and it’s possible that Pittsburgh could see the canceling of two more exhibition games in addition to the one that has already been called off.
With Thursday’s news about the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game and the induction ceremony, Steelers fans will now have to wait one more year to see Troy Polamalu and Bill Cowher honored as football immortals as well.
Current Pittsburgh players are likely relieved that they no longer have to begin their preseason and training camp before 30 of the other teams around the league. Now, the guys on the Steelers roster can get a few more days of extra rest before they put their body through hell in this year’s camp.
Extra rest is typically never a bad thing for players in the NFL and hopefully, Thursday’s news results in Pittsburgh being able to enter the 2020 season with a much healthier roster.