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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.

Didn't make the trip to Canton. If the field is really that bad then please cancel for sake of all players!

— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) August 7, 2016

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

Man what an embarrassing day for the NFL.

— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) August 7, 2016

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

Had no idea a cancellation was possible.. When it 1st got mentioned our entire locker room had the same reaction.. pic.twitter.com/920e2bXBOR

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 7, 2016

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

Game canceled but will go out and talk to fans and sign things. Was juiced but safety is number 1.

— Ricky Lumpkin (@RickyLumpkin) August 7, 2016

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 while attempting to make a tackle on the opening kickoff of last year's game.

Hey @NFL it was that terrible last year but u didn't cancel the game we had our kicker tear his acl and a few mcl strains so thanks?

— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) August 8, 2016

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

Congrats to the the greats Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy #HOF even though we didn't get to play! #Respect #coltsnation meet u there!

— Quan Bray (@QuanBray) August 7, 2016

Unfortunate the game has been canceled. Player safety is key. We were very excited to play & honor the legends who came before us. #HOFGame

— Matt (@MattOverton_LS) August 7, 2016

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


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