Saints vs. Cardinals to open NFL Preseason in Canton

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The Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints will kick off the preseason Sunday August 5, in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The game will be televised nationally on NFL Network with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET. No lockout this year, meaning this game won’t be lost like last year- the first of it’s kind ever to be cancelled.

This summer’s game marks the fifth appearance by the Saints They last played in Canton in 2007, a 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and have an overall 1-3 record in the Hall of Fame Game series.

The Cardinals, who played the New York Giants to a 21-21 tie in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game in 1962, return to Canton’s Fawcett Stadium this summer for their fourth visit and the first since 1986. The Cardinals are 1-1-1 in their Hall of Fame Game appearances.

Arizona and New Orleans will take the field one day after the newest class of enshrinees – Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, New England Patriots Curtis Martin and long-time New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf – are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4. Roaf is just the second long-time Saints player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

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