Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’d be interested in playing in the Hall of Fame game in Canton to kick off the NFL preseason. The game is scheduled for Aug. 5. It’s not something he’d want to do every year, but a fifth preseason game right now wouldn’t be bad, especially when you’re trying to get as much work as possible for quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. (Whiz didn’t say it, but given that there is less on-field work allowed by the CBA this offseason, I’m sure an extra game and a few more days of training camp isn’t bad either.)
Mike Jurecki wrote the other day that he had heard the Cards were asked to play. I have not heard the same, but there figures to be an announcement sooner rather than later (NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail only that the league was working on it.) Alex Marvez reported the Saints have volunteered to play in the game. Last year, the Hall game’s matchup was announced April 12, although the Hall of Fame is hoping to announce this year’s game as early as next week.
Usually, at least one team in the Hall game has a player being inducted. Former Saints tackle Willie Roaf is part of the 2012 Hall of Fame class. (It’s too bad former Cards cornerback Aeneas Williams didn’t get in this year.)
UPDATE: The Cards are the NFL team with the longest absence from playing in the game, last playing in 1986.
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