With Hurricane Irma barreling towards South Florida and expected to make landfall sometime over the weekend, the NFL announced that the Week 1 game between the Buccaneers and Dolphins will not be played in Miami on Sunday.
Irma is a Category 5 hurricane with winds increasing to 185 miles per hour on Tuesday.
The NFL has not determined where and when the game will be played, with options including a neutral site on Sunday or playing the game later in the season. Tampa Bay and Miami both have a bye in Week 11, but rescheduling their season-openers for Nov. 19 would mean that both teams would play 16 consecutive weeks.
“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.
ESPN’s Jeff Darrington reported that the game is likely to be played Nov. 19 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
The Dolphins practiced on Tuesday with the expectation that the game will be played this week.
“It is what it is,” Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler said. “I mean luckily enough for us, we started Monday, so we’re kind of ready … ready to go. I mean if they want to do Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we’re kind of open to anything and this team is young and flexible and they’re ready to rock.”
Hard Rock Stadium underwent a renovation over the past two years that cost around $500 million. Those renovations included reinforcing the stadium to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.