The Miami Dolphins will not play their regular-season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the NFL announced Tuesday.
With the Marlins embarking on a road trip Wednesday night, and Hurricane Irma showing signs of heading to South Florida, the team will allow families of the players and staff to join them on the trip.
UCF’s upcoming home game against Memphis has been rescheduled to Friday night in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
“The league will continue to examine other options, including playing the game this Sunday at a neutral site or in Miami later this season, and will provide an update on that decision as soon as possible,” the league said in a statement.
Two sources involved in the game told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler they were made aware that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are neutral site options should the teams try to play this week, and that decision is expected to come Wednesday.
The Dolphins practiced Tuesday with the expectation that a game will be played this week.
Several Miami players were vocal about wanting to play, regardless of the circumstances.
Rescheduling the game in November would result in the Dolphins and Buccaneers playing 16 straight games, which is not ideal for either team.