The NFL returns Sunday night with the Hall of Fame Game featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts. If you’re not one of the lucky people traveling to Canton, Ohio to welcome the 2016 preseason, you can stream the game via WatchESPN on your computer, or you can enjoy it using the WatchESPN app on your mobile device.
While teams are generally wary of giving starters too much playing time in preseason action because of the need to avoid injuries in meaningless games, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has said that he will play all of his starters, including quarterback Andrew Luck. Pagano still left a little room to change his mind about that, though.
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Perhaps this will give the Colts a competitive advantage, considering that Andrew Luck likes to win. As a matter of fact, he recently told The MMQB that his favorite word is “win.”
After inking a new deal with the Colts that made him the highest-paid quarterback in the league, Indianapolis is surely hoping that Sunday’s game is the start of a comeback season for Luck.
The team will, however, be without first-round draft pick Ryan Kelly. Pagano ruled out the rookie center due to a shoulder strain.
For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers is unlikely to take the field on Sunday after being held out of Thursday’s practice. Green Bay’s backup, Brett Hundley, also missed Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury, so the Packers may be facing off with the Colts’ starters with either Joe Callahan or Marquise Williams — both of whom are undrafted free agent rookies — under center.
Rodgers was given the night off from practice to rest, and not because of any type of injury, meaning he could play if the Packers so choose. Rodgers doesn’t typically see a great deal of preseason action, so it won’t be surprising if Green Bay opts to keep him sidelined.
If the Packers get desperate, perhaps Brett Favre could pull the Packers jersey (not the Vikings one, obviously) from his locker in the Hall of Fame and suit up for Green Bay. Fans surely wouldn’t mind getting one more glimpse of the ol’ gunslinger following his induction into the Hall of Fame Saturday evening.
A few facts about Sunday’s game:
This will mark the first occasion the new Monday Night Football announcing team will call a game together. Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will welcome Sean McDonough as the play-by-play guy.
Both teams have representatives being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. For the Packers, it’s Favre. The Colts will see former head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison honored Saturday evening.
It is the fifth Hall of Fame game appearance for each team. The Colts are 2-2 all time, and the Packers are 1-2-1.
Green Bay’s singular tie in the Hall of Fame game came against the San Diego Chargers in 1980, and neither team scored. The game was tied 0-0 with about six minutes remaining when referees called the game due to inclement weather.
How to watch
Place: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Online: Watch ESPN