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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Early schedule implications for the Rams

By Mike Sando

The St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears are scheduled to kick off the 2011 NFL exhibition schedule on Aug. 7.

That is 73 days from Thursday, plenty of time to report for camp and prepare for the opener, provided the labor standoff ends in time.

Thoughts and potential implications if the lockout drags on long enough to wipe out Hall of Fame Weekend:
The first exhibition games usually fall about two weeks after the start of training camp. The Rams would have to report for camp around July 24 to stay on the usual timeline. Last year, the Rams' rookies and quarterbacks reported July 28, with the full squad reporting July 30. The first exhibition game was Aug. 14.