Pre­sea­son be­gins at home

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Green Bay — As far as ex­hi­bi­tion-game sched­ules go, the one the Green Bay Pack­ers face this sum­mer seems as in­nocu­ous as any other.

Of course, they prob­a­bly thought that was the case last year when they were sched­uled to play five but played only four be­cause of an un­playable field at the Hall of Fame Game in Can­ton, Ohio.

In 2017, the Pack­ers have to play only four games and they will start and fin­ish at home, be­gin­ning with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles at Lam­beau Field some­time be­tween Aug. 10-14.

Dates and times have not been fi­nal­ized for the first three games, but the fi­nale will be played against the Los An­ge­les Rams on Thurs­day, Aug. 31, at Lam­beau Field.

In be­tween, the Pack­ers will play at Washington and Den­ver.

None of the four games is slated for na­tional tele­vi­sion, which means Thurs­day, Sun­day and Mon­day games are less likely. The ex­act dates and times for the games usu­ally are re­leased at the same time as the reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule. The NFL has not an­nounced a date for the reg­u­lar-sea­son re­lease, but it typ­i­cally comes in mid-April.

The Pack­ers will play three NFC teams dur­ing the pre­sea­son, but no­body on the ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule will be on the reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule.

The Pack­ers played Washington and Philadel­phia in the reg­u­lar sea­son last year. The game at Washington will be the Pack­ers’ third visit to the sta­dium in 20 months. They played a play­off game there Jan. 10, 2016, and a reg­u­lar-sea­son game there Nov. 20.

Last year, the Pack­ers fin­ished the sum­mer with two ex­hi­bi­tion games on the road and then opened the reg­u­lar sea­son with two on the road, leav­ing Lam­beau Field un­touched from Aug. 27 to Sept. 25.

That won’t be the case this year.

The ben­e­fit of play­ing at home on the fi­nal week­end is that coaches and scouts can go right to their of­fices af­ter the game and be­gin the process of eval­u­at­ing per­for­mances and cut­ting the ros­ter to the fi­nal 53.

The Pack­ers are al­lowed to be­gin train­ing camp 15 days be­fore the start of their first ex­hi­bi­tion game, which means play­ers could re­port as early as July 26 and be­gin prac­tice the next day.

MARK HOFF­MANN / MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Brett Hund­ley and the Pack­ers open the pre­sea­son sched­ule at Lam­beau Field against the Ea­gles.

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