- Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
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The Steelers and Minnesota Vikings kick off the preseason on Aug. 9 when they meet in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
The nationally televised game will be played at 8 p.m. ET, the day after former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Steelers will visit the Jaguars, host the Packers, visit the Bills and host the Panthers (in that order) in their four other preseason games.
Dates and times for those games have yet to be announced.
The Steelers are playing an extra preseason game for the first time since 2007, which was Mike Tomlin’s first season as head coach.
In other Steelers news, the team picked up the fifth-year option on left guard David DeCastro’s contract, keeping him with the team through at least 2016.
DeCastro, a first-round draft pick in 2012, will be owed a salary of $8.1 million in 2016 if he and the Steelers don’t agree on a new long-term deal after this season.
The Steelers will play five exhibition games, including the Hall of Fame Game against the Vikings on Aug. 9.