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Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after a touchdown run by Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Ravens 20-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CANTON, OH (February 16, 2016) –The Indianapolis Colts’ involvement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s kickoff weekend has been expanded. The Colts will meet the Green Bay Packers in the annual Hall of Fame Game August 7 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.

The game caps a celebratory weekend for each team. On August 6, two former Colts’ luminaries – wide receiver Marvin Harrison and coach Tony Dungy – will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined by long-time Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Other members of the Class of 2016 are Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Edward DeBartolo Jr.

The Colts will be making their fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, and their first since a 30-16 loss to the Washington Redskins in 2008. Their other appearances: a 10-3 win over New Orleans in 1996, a 30-14 loss to Minnesota in 1982 and a 48-17 win over Pittsburgh in 1964.

Participation in the Hall of Fame Game means the Colts will play five preseason games.

With playing in the Hall of Fame game, the Colts will likely have an early start to Training Camp in 2016. Teams can report to Training Camp no earlier than 15 days before their first preseason game. For the Colts, that would be Saturday, July 23.