The Margin: NFL’s preseason opener canceled due to poor field conditions

In an embarrassing way to open the NFL season, the annual preseason Hall of Fame Game was canceled Sunday due to poor field conditions.

The exhibition game was to feature the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Green Bay Packers. Players had complained about the playing surface at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, earlier in the day, saying the paint on the field was so hard that cleats could not penetrate it. Some reports said the field paint at the 50-yard line and end zones melted into the artificial turf, creating a surface that felt “like cement.”

One Packers player told me the midfield logo was “like cement” and said the paint in the.

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