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(CBS) Despite optimism that the NFL lockout will soon end, the Bears-Rams Hall of Fame Game will likely be canceled, according to a Sun-Times report written by 670 The Score’s Mike Mulligan.
The report cites a league source that says the game has already been canceled, but “several Bears sources said it was news to them.”
Still, the ideal time line to get the league up and running again includes ratifying a new collective bargaining deal at an owner’s meeting July 21. There would then be a few days to sign draft picks and undrafted free agents and then a few more for normal free agency, according to the report. That would result in the Bears and Rams reporting to training camp July 27 and 28 and apparently 10 days isn’t enough time to get ready for the scheduled Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7.
‘‘The only way the game happens now is if the timeline is moved,’’ a source said in the report, ‘‘if they get a deal done and move up the owners meeting and started the process immediately. I can’t imagine that is going to happen.’’