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08/22/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/22/2019 18:37

Raiders, Packers playing game on 80-yard field

Canadian Football League games are played on larger fields than the NFL's -- 110 yards to 100.

On Thursday, the NFL played a preseason game in Canada on a shortened field.

As the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders ventured north to Winnipeg to play a Week 3 preseason tilt on Thursday, they decided to play on a shorter field of 80 yards due to safety concerns over field conditions, according to the Raiders' broadcast.

As a result of playing on the 80-yard field, the game is being played with no kickoffs with teams starting possessions on the 25-yard line and with the goal line at the 10-yard line.

Ahead of the game, the Raiders were worried about playing their starters due to safety concerns at IG Field in Winnipeg and before kickoff the Packers also had concerns. The concerns emanated from having to move CFL goal posts back from the center of the end zone.

Packers president Mark Murphy told WBAY reporter Dave Schroeder, 'We're playing,' despite the turf issues.

However, 33 Packers were announced as not playing ahead of kickoff by the team, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.