Hall game perk: more practice for Steelers
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The matchup: Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints in the 2007 Hall of Fame game.
When: Aug. 5, time TBA.
Where: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio.
TV: NFL Network.
The Steelers and new coach Mike Tomlin will get plenty of extra practice time with which to get acquainted this season.
The announcement that the Steelers and New Orleans Saints will open the NFL preseason Aug. 5 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, means more than just an additional preseason game for both teams.
It also means the Steelers will be allowed to open training camp a week earlier than usual. The Steelers have not officially identified their first day of training camp in Latrobe, but NFL rules allow the team to open camp two weeks before its first preseason game.
That means they likely will report to St. Vincent College the weekend of July 20-22, rather than July 27-29. The Steelers have not participated in the Hall of Fame game since they opened the preseason against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999.
In addition, because of Tomlin, the Steelers are allowed to hold an extra minicamp this year. League rules allow teams with a new head coach an extra offseason minicamp.
Tomlin has not set a date for the minicamp, either.
First Published February 6, 2007 12:00 am