I think we kind of expected this, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed today that the Rams won’t be starting training camp on July 23 as originally planned. According to Schefter, the earliest the team could report will be July 26, and it seems much more likely that it will be August before anyone reports. For those of you wondering, the Hall of Fame game is still scheduled to be played, but if the team doesn’t report until August it will be awfully tough to make that happen. For what it’s worth, Tony Softli said today on 101 ESPN that he was informed to get his press credentials in for the HOF game. That probably doesn’t mean much of anything, but it’s way better than being told not to worry about it because the game is off.
I think it’s important for everyone to realize that camp won’t start immediately when the lockout is lifted, because I have been asked that question a few times in the last couple of days. When the lockout is over, the teams will need some time to sign rookies and their own free agents, and then we will need a period for free agency before anyone heads to camp. The league wants the teams to be able to have full 90-player training camp rosters before teams report. So with that in mind, it makes sense that the HOF game is in serious jeopardy.