According to reports, the decision by the National Football League to put the Bears in the game means that they can open training camp earlier this summer, reporting to Bourbonnais as early as July 18 if the team opts to do so.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame game and enshrinement ceremony go on sale Friday and will be available at www.profootballhof.com/tickets at 10 a.m. Playing in Canton allows the Bears to start camp and practices a couple days earlier.
The Bears have dominated the Hall of Fame game in the team's history with an astounding 4-0 record, and you may never find a more meaningless statistic.
The Hall of Fame Game will mark new Bears head coach Matt Nagy's first official game in charge of Chicago.
The NFL announced Tuesday that the Bears and Ravens will meet up in Canton, Ohio, on August 2. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Harbaugh doesn't traditionally play his starters in the first and fourth preseason games anyway, meaning the team's top players likely won't be in action in Canton.
He and Lewis will be inducted alongside wide receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins, linebacker Robert Brazile, guard Jerry Kramer and general manager Bobby Beathard. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
In 2016, the Hall of Fame Game, featuring the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers, was canceled shortly before kickoff because of concerns about the field conditions.