NFL preseason officially kicks off tonight with a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams had players inducted into the Hall of Fame last night with center Mick Tingelhoff from the Vikings, and RB Jerome Bettis from the Steelers getting their busts and yellow jackets. You can view highlights of the ceremony here, and a really touching speech from the late Junior Seau's daughter here.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has declared that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, receiver Antonio Brown, tight end Heath Miller, offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey, and linebackerJames Harrison will be held out of Sunday night's game. Expect to see a lot of Landry Jones/Tajh Boyd with Bruce Gradkowski on the PUP list.
The Vikings have not said how much playing time their starters will get, but one player you won't see on the field is RB Adrian Peterson who has not played in an NFL game since Week 1 of last season.
Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, OH
TV: NBC (Nationally televised)
Canada: TSN 3/4
American Forces Network, specifically on AFN Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for 0100Z on Monday, which is 0200L in Central Europe, 0430L in Afghanistan, and 0900L in Japan and Korea. (h/t Daily Norseman)
Radio: Vikings' feed: Sirius 92 and XM 225.
Steelers feed: Sirius 93 and XM 226.
National feed from Westwood One: Channel 88 (NFL Radio) on both Sirius and XM radios.
Online Streaming: CBSSports.com (free), as well as the NBC Sports Talk app.
Odds: Vikings -3.5
Announcers: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth
Tickets: For tickets fans can visit the NFL Ticket Exchange