NFL releases preseason schedule
The NFL announced its preseason schedule Tuesday -- assuming the lockout is over in time for games to be played in August.
The Chicago Bears will face the St. Louis Rams in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 7 to kick off the 2011 preseason. It will be quarterback Jay Cutler's first action since being knocked out of the NFC Championship Game and having his toughness questioned. The game will be televised by NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
ESPN 2011 Preseason Schedule
ESPN will air four preseason games this year with each slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
• Seahawks at Chargers, Thu., Aug. 11
• Jets at Texans, Mon., Aug 15
• Bears at Giants, Mon., Aug 22
• Redskins at Ravens, Mon., Aug. 25
The Bears travel to New Meadowlands Stadium to face the Giants on Monday, Aug. 22 in ESPN's featured game in the second week of the preseason.
The schedule announced Tuesday includes 65 games through Sept. 2. In all 11 games will be televised nationally and all of the 2010 playoff teams will make at least one appearance.
The preseason schedule, of course, is contingent on the players and NFL owners reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. The old one expired March 11 after talks with a federal mediator in Washington broke off.
Mediation will restart Thursday in Minneapolis and U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson is still considering a request from the players to lift the lockout imposed by owners after the players dissolved their union.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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