The Packers and Raiders are playing their Thursday night preseason matchup on a shortened 80-yard field because of poor conditions at IG Field in Winnipeg, Canada.
IG Field typically serves as a CFL venue and when the field’s goalposts were moved to accommodate an NFL game a hole was left in the end zone.
Team and league representatives examined the hole alongside officials before deciding on the modified conditions.
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The NFL addressed the field conditions in a statement.
“(Thursday’s) game is being played on a reconfigured field,” the statement read. “The field met the mandatory practices for the maintenance of surfaces for NFL games based on an inspection yesterday. Concerns arose today surrounding the area where the (CFL) Blue Bombers’ goal posts were previously located. The 10-yard line will function as the goal line at this game. In lieu of kickoffs, the ball will be placed at the 15-yard line.”
Some thought star Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers would make his preseason debut against Oakland. However, the Packers announced their decision to hold Rodgers and 32 other players out of the contest prior to its start, likely because of the field conditions.