Cowboys, Bengals to kick off preseason

Updated: February 24, 2010, 6:23 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Cincinnati Bengals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 8, the Hall of Fame and the NFL announced Wednesday.

It's the first time the Cowboys will play in the league's opening preseason game since 1999. The Bengals last played in the game in 1988.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who had expressed a desire to be part of the festivities surrounding running back Emmitt Smith's Hall of Fame induction, called it an honor to be chosen.

"I ...

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