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Hall of Fame Game cancelled because of unsafe field conditions

Still, the cancellation came as a surprise to many. It’s not often that any NFL game, even one that doesn’t count, is called off.

Had no idea a cancellation was possible.. When it 1st got mentioned our entire locker room had the same reaction.. pic.twitter.com/920e2bXBOR
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 7, 2016

Realizing the bad look of the whole situation, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame had both teams stay at the stadium and turned the event into a fan experience. Fans will be refunded their ticket costs. Still, it’s a major embarrassment for the game that annually kicks off the exhibition season.

The Hall of Fame Game was canceled in 2011 because of the ongoing lockout. The game also twice was cut short because of lightning concerns.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not expected to play anyway, and both teams’ starters likely wouldn’t have had much more than a series in the 2016 preseason debut. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano both expressed concerns about the state of the field, brought it up to game officials and monitored as the field crew tried to work on the surface before the game ultimately was canceled.

This was also scheduled to be the debut of “Monday Night Football play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough, who replaced Mike Tirico in the offseason, for ESPN. Now the game goes down as a major waste of money for the network, plus that for the travel expenses of thousands of fans who came to Canton — including scores from Wisconsin — yes, mostly to watch the induction speeches of Brett Favre and Tony Dungy and others, but also catch a little NFL football for the first time in seven months.

People might not love the preseason in general, but this still is a bad look for the NFL.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The NFL fans in St. Louis have, for the first time in 21 years, no local team to root for. The Rams have gone to Los Angeles, leaving at least some area fans looking for another team to support.

The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other end of Missouri and about 250 miles from St. Louis, hope it’s them.

The Chiefs’ preseason games this summer, beginning Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium, will be shown live on the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, beginning what could be a more aggressive marketing plan aimed at football fans in that city.

“We thought it’s important to have our games on there,’’ president Mark Donovan said during a visit to training camp at Missouri Western State University. “The NFL did, too. It’s a big market and we want to take advantage of that opportunity.’’

The Chiefs have intentionally moved slowly with regard to luring St. Louis area fans.

“It’s something we’re trying to be very respectful of,’’ chairman Clark Hunt said. “We know there are a lot of great Rams fans in St. Louis. They’re very disappointed to lose their team to Los Angeles. We’re not proactively courting them at this point. Probably the best thing we can do to build a fan base over there is to go out and have a great season on the field.’’

Donovan said, “I think our strategy has been the right strategy. Let’s seed our product and see how we do and let’s see what the reaction is, and then let’s go from there.’’

How is Mark Sanchez doing against 2 QBs who have never thrown an NFL pass?

But Sanchez is probably the early favorite to be under center for the regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers. Siemian and Lynch have zero NFL passes between them. Sanchez has 72 starts, 15,126 yards and 86 touchdowns. A rebuilding team might ride with one of the young guys. The defending Super Bowl champs might not be so bold.

Sanchez’s experience is his edge. He talked about knowing when to give his teammates some extra reminders in the huddle, in pressing situations like third down or inside the red zone, or how to instill confidence in everyone. He joked about trying to be a leader in the huddle his rookie season with the New York Jets (“My first year was a good acting job, I felt like, because half the time I didn’t know what was going on,” he said) but he’s more comfortable with it after six NFL seasons. He’s seen it all by now.

“He doesn’t seem to get rattled out here,” Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler said. “I love the way he’s playing.”

Sanchez has been a starting quarterback in New York and Philadelphia, so he has felt pressure before. Nothing about Sanchez’s ever-optimistic demeanor indicates he’s bothered by this latest challenge.

“It’s almost like someone who has had that near-death experience and now nothing phases them,” Sanchez said. “You just have a different perspective and a different outlook. Once you’ve been through that fire a little bit, you’re hardened. Calloused, in ways. I think that’s good.”

Sanchez probably won’t have much room for error. First-round picks at quarterback don’t take redshirt seasons anymore.

In 2005, first-round rookie quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Jason Campbell didn’t start a game. From 2006 through last year, 24 quarterbacks were picked in the first round. Twenty-two of the 24 started at least one game as a rookie. Jake Locker in 2011 and Brady Quinn in 2007 were the only exceptions. If Lynch doesn’t get a shot this year, it’s an anomaly.

Lynch isn’t a threat to start yet. He’s still wildly inconsistent. On Wednesday, Lynch’s accuracy was all over the place. There’s a reason he finished OTAs third on the depth chart and is still there. He needs some work, which isn’t uncommon for a rookie.

The Dallas Cowboys spent all of last season churning through injured and ineffective quarterbacks. 2016 is off to a similar start.

With backup passer Kellen Moore expected to be out three to four months with the broken ankle he suffered on Tuesday, the ‘Boys already have eyes for the league’s most available veteran passer: Nick Foles.

“It really seems they’re going to have to take a hard look at the veteran quarterback market, and the name to watch is Nick Foles,” NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Network, per team sources. “There is legitimate interest. I’m told the Cowboys — that would be the name if they are going to bring in a backup.”

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported that Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones has talked to Foles agent. The Cowboys are one of a handful of teams interested in Foles and there’s a chance he could sign with a team as early as Wednesday, Garafolo added.