Football is officially back in 2013. The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys will square off on NBC in the yearly Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 4.
If you were planning on watching Tony Romo and the new Dallas Cowboys offense, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reported Romo won’t be on the field in Canton, Ohio, despite lobbying his coaches to get in the game.
Still, there is plenty to get excited about for the return of America’s favorite pastime.
The pageantry of the Hall of Fame Induction speeches will still be fresh in everyone's minds as these two teams take to the field on Sunday night. After honoring some of the best to have ever graced the gridiron, we’ll get a glimpse at some of the tremendous athletes that may someday share a hallway with them in the history books.
Here's a look at where to see the game and what to watch for on Sunday night.
2013 Hall of Fame Game: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
When: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio
Players to Watch
RB Lamar Miller, Dolphins
Reggie Bush has left the building. With Bush now on the Detroit Lions, promising youngster Lamar Miller is in line to take over the running back duties for the Dolphins. Will he be able to live up to the heavy projections currently being laid out for him?
We’ll get a small taste in Canton of what the youngster has to offer this season.
DE DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
Dominant Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware just recently turned 31 years old, and he is transitioning to defensive end this season. Dallas made the switch to the 4-3 defensive front from its old 3-4 scheme, in which Ware was an outside linebacker, during the offseason.
How is that conversion going? NBC’s Chris Collinsworth was at Cowboys camp last week, and he gave a glowing review of the defender:
Great day at Cowboys camp. DeMarcus Ware looks like he is healthy, has put on 10 pounds of muscle, and dominated at defensive end.— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthNBC) July 29, 2013
While he may play sparingly in Canton, Ware could provide the biggest fireworks of the night with a sack or two on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
QB Ryan Tannehill
The Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Mike Wallace as their No. 1 target for sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately for Tannehill, he won’t have his new weapon to utilize during this preseason opener.
In an interview with NFL Network, Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel said he would be “shocked” if Wallace played while the receiver nurses a groin injury.
Still, Tannehill is a young and promising quarterback who will get some valuable repetitions in this one. He might not play too long, but he should see enough time to give us a good idea of how much he has progressed this offseason.