The first preseason game of the NFL’s 103rd season begins Thursday with the Hall of Fame Game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The game will give mostly players vying for roster spots a chance to shine as it is expected that many of the star players on both sides will sit out.
The Jaguars have already said that quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, who is coming off a Lisfranc injury and missed his entire 2021 rookie season, will not play. Jake Luton will get a start as backup quarterback C.J. Beathard is nursing a groin muscle injury.
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Josh McDaniels will be making his debut as head coach of the Raiders and many of their star players, including quarterback Derek Carr and new acquisition Davante Adams, are expected to sit out as well.
The teams will also meet in the regular season on Nov. 6 in Jacksonville.
Here’s what to know about the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game:
When and where is the Hall of Fame Game?
The game kicks off Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
How can I watch the Hall of Fame Game?
The game will be broadcast on NBC. The commentators will be Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Melissa Stark (sideline reporter).