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NFL preseason schedule release; 49ers, Raiders won't meet

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL released the preseason schedule, and with the news that the Cardinals-Saints Hall of Fame game -- the first exhibition of the 2012 season -- is officially scheduled for Aug. 5 on the NFL Network, there is one notable absence.

After two men were shot in the parking lot after last year's Raiders-49ers preseason game, the NFL has officially wiped the San Francisco-Oakland game out of this year's exhibition schedule. It was an ugly incident, and it's probably best that these two teams -- and their fan bases -- won't be occupying the same space this season. For now, it's unclear if and when the two squads will meet in the preseason.

Listed below is the entire slate of national TV games (Week 4 has no national TV games). If you want the full NFL preseason schedule -- including a potential Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III matchup in Week 3 -- click right over here.

Hall of Fame game (Canton, OH)

Sunday, August 5 Arizona vs. New Orleans NFLN (8 p.m.)

Preseason Week 1 (August 9-13)

Thursday, August 9 Green Bay at San Diego ESPN (8 p.m.)
Monday, August 13 Dallas at Oakland ESPN (8 p.m.)

Preseason Week 2 (August 16-20)

Thursday, August 16 Cincinnati at Atlanta FOX (8 p.m.)
Friday, August 17 Detroit at Baltimore FOX (8 p.m.)
Sunday, August 19 Indianapolis at Pittsburgh NBC (8 p.m.)
Monday, August 20 Philadelphia at NE ESPN (8 p.m.)

Preseason Week 3 (August 23-26)
Thursday, August 23 Arizona at Tennessee ESPN (8 p.m.)
Friday, August 24 Chicago at NY Giants CBS (8 p.m.)
Saturday, August 25 Houston at New Orleans CBS (8 p.m.)
Sunday, August 26 San Francisco at Denver FOX (4 p.m.)
Sunday, August 26 Carolina at NY Jets NBC (8 p.m.)

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, and subscribe to our Pick-6 Podcast and NFL newsletter. You can follow Josh Katzowitz on Twitter here: @joshkatzowitz.
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