Cowboys To Play In 2013 Hall Of Fame Game?

Tom Pennington

The Cowboys could be one of the teams playing in this year's Hall of Fame game.

According to reports by the Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill and the DMN's David Moore, the Cowboys are being considered as an option to play in the annual Hall of Fame game to kick off the NFL preseason.

The selection would coincide nicely with Larry Allen's induction into the Hall of Fame, writes David Moore:

Larry Allen, arguably the most dominant offensive lineman in franchise history, will be enshrined in the class of 2013. Owner Jerry Jones will present him.

Clarence Hill notes that in addition to honoring Larry Allen, there could be an extra benefit in playing the Hall of Fame game for the Cowboys:

Getting named to the Hall of Fame game would bump the Cowboys' number of preseason games from four to five. It would mean they would start training camp a week earlier and give them more time to adjust to the philosophy change on defense where they are moving from the 3-4 defense to the 4-3 under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.

The game is scheduled for August 4, and a decision on which teams will play is expected to be taken at the NFL Owners Meetings this week. The Cowboys last played in the Hall of Fame Game in 2010, when Emmitt Smith was inducted.

According to the CBA, a team's training camp can officially open fifteen days prior to the team's first scheduled preseason game (although quarterbacks, injured players from 2012 and rookies can report five days earlier). If the Cowboys were to play in the Hall of Fame game, Cowboys training camp would likely open on July 22 in Oxnard.

Because they played their pre-season opener on a Monday night last year, the Cowboys were the last team to have its players report to training camp. Additionally, they played in the regular season opener against the Giants on a Wednesday which ultimately resulted in the Cowboys having the shortest training camp period of any NFL team. Perhaps that is also a consideration as the league decides who to award the Hall of Fame game to.

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