On Friday, the Sun-Times' Mike Mulligan reported that the Hall of Fame Game was likely to be cancelled, citing the NFL owners meeting occurring on July 21 and that it would be unlikely any teams would get to camp before July 27 or 28.
However, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the report is untrue, and Hall of Fame spokesman Joe Horrigan says that, as far as he knows, everything is still a go as planned.
Of course, the Hall has motives too...
"We would lose a three-hour window of prime-time TV, with an audience of 10 million, to promote the Hall of Fame," Horrigan said. "That's one area where we actually promote the Hall."
Here, let me fix that...
"The Bears should play the Hall of Fame Game in the same year Richard Dent is finally inducted to the Hall of Fame."
In all seriousness, if the players won't have time to adequately prepare for it, no sense in playing a game where all they're going to do is drop like flies with injuries. That being said, it'd be a shame to cancel a game when a deal is supposedly so close. It has to get done this week for the Hall of Fame Game to be a possibility.