Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says starters will not play in HOF Game

NFL ensures Ezekiel Elliott situation won't overshadow Hall of Fame weekend

NFL ensures Ezekiel Elliott situation won't overshadow Hall of Fame weekend

That means this year the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals play five preseason games instead of four, have an extra week of practices and give their players an extra week of meaningless football that needlessly exposes them to injury and jeopardizes their careers.

"He's not going to play a ton", Arians said, via

The Cardinals were last in Canton in 2012 when they lost to the New Orleans Saints 17-10. This year's game has the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Arizona Cardinals, though you shouldn't expect to see their starters much, if at all.

A number players will miss the game to continue their respective preparations, while others will play limited minutes to allow the youngsters to shine.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has not explicitly said if any starters will be held out. Among them is defensive tackle Lewis Neal, and various special teams rookies.

So while this may not be playoff-caliber football, there are reasons to watch.

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-Cornerback Brandon Williams, the Cards' 2016 third-round selection, lost his starting job opposite Patrick Peterson early last season but is looking to earn back that role. In the past two of those seasons, he started 13 games and achieved his second-best career averages in yards and touchdowns in the 2015 campaign.

"You want to see him with live bullets".

"A different secondary, a different front and all those things - how you react to it, how you put all those pieces together in one day".

He's seen it in practice for almost three months.

With Drew Stanton out, Blaine Gabbert will take the snaps in the first half and Trevor Knight will take the second half snaps. Tonight is his big audition as he'll be on the field with Palmer watching. David Johnson, arguably the league's best running bank and most dynamic playmaker, had a breakout season in 2016, but for much of the offseason Cardinals fans have been continuously reminded that their quarterback is turning 38.

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