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

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.)

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