On Thursday night, the NFL will host a live game for the first time since the Buccaneers knocked out the Chiefs in the Super Bowl last February. The 2021 preseason kicks off with the Steelers and Cowboys competing in the annual NFL Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.
The excitement surrounding the first game of the NFL preseason is usually more about returning the sport than playing on the field. Even with the preseason shortened to three games in 2021 – or four in the case of the Steelers and Cowboys – coaches will certainly limit their starters’ reps while some won’t play at all. That includes Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffers from a shoulder injury.
Still, there will be some intriguing players on the pitch in the first game of the preseason. Running back Najee Harris, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is expected to get a few runs. The former Alabama running back racked up 1,891 scrum yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2020 varsity season and was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Meanwhile, Dallas first-round pick Micah Parsons could also kick in. The former Penn State linebacker hasn’t played since the 2019 varsity season, so it will be interesting to see if he has to shake off the rust when he returns.
Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be the biggest name to watch outside of these two. He signed with Pittsburgh in the 2021 offseason less than two years after being among the top 15 picks for the Washington soccer team. Haskins is looking to jumpstart his career and prove he can be Ben Roethlisberger’s long-term successor. This will be his first chance to do it on the pitch and push Mason Rudolph for the backup job.
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Steelers vs. Cowboys score
Steelers vs. Cowboys live updates, Hall of Fame game highlights
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7:35 p.m. – Earlier, the NFL shared the Cowboys’ entry into the field. Now here’s the entrance to the Steelers.
7:33 p.m. – Fox’s Jay Glazer provided an update on Dak Prescott’s shoulder injury. He shouldn’t be running out of time to start the season, but he faces a unique injury that occurs more often in baseball players. As such, Dallas reached out to the Texas Rangers for advice on this matter.
– FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 5, 2021
7:30 p.m. – In case you were wondering, this is what Najee Harris looks like in a Steelers uniform. Tonight will be the first NFL action for the team’s first-round pick in Alabama in 2021.
7:28 p.m. – According to Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports, the Cowboys have left 16 players in their California training facility. With joint practices on deck for them on Saturday, we might not see many, if any, starters from Dallas.
I’ve heard that the Cowboys are going to have joint practice with the Rams on Saturday – which sounds a little ambitious – so I’m not sure if they’ll be playing against someone important in this game. In fact, they left 16 players in California.
– Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 5, 2021
7:25 p.m. – The Cowboys enter the field in their usually white and blue uniforms. The Steelers, meanwhile, will wear black and yellow.
Steelers vs. Cowboys start time
The 2021 Hall of Fame game between the Cowboys and the Steelers kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, located adjacent to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The stadium is named after the legendary former owner of the Saints, Tom Benson.
How to watch the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame game
Tonight’s Steelers vs Cowboys game will be broadcast live on Fox with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on call. You can also stream the Hall of Fame game live on FoxSports.com or with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Here’s the full NFL Hall of Fame weekend TV show:
|Hall of Fame Game||Thursday August 5||8 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|2020 Professional Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony||Saturday August 7||6.30 p.m.||NFL network, fuboTV|
|2021 Professional Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony||Sunday August 8||7:00 p.m.||NFL network, fuboTV|