HOF Game cancellation draws applause for safety reasons, surprise on social media

The cancellation of Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts due to safety concerns over how the middle of the field and end zones were painted is one of the most unusual — and embarrassing — outcomes for an NFL game, and it did not go unnoticed on social media.

Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang, who’s recovering from a shoulder injury, didn’t make the trip to Canton, Ohio, but his thoughts were on the safety of the players when he heard about the field conditions.

Once the game was canceled, Lang thought about the image of the league and the embarrassment the incident caused.

Colts punter Pat McAfee said the sentiment inside the Indianapolis locker room was surprise that it was possible to cancel a game.

Colts defensive end Ricky Lumpkin echoed what many were thinking, thankful the league was putting safety first.

DeAngelo Williams, whose Pittsburgh Steelers played the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 Hall of Fame Game, said the field conditions weren’t very good last year. Pittsburgh kicker Shaun Suisham tore his ACL during last year’s game while attempting to make a tackle on the opening kickoff.

Colts receiver Quan Bray took the occasion to salute Colts great Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison, who were inducted on Saturday.

Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long was as surprised as everyone else.



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