TAMPA – We still do not know when and where the Buccaneers game against the Dolphins will be played. We do know, however, when and where it won’t be played.
The NFL on Tuesday decided that because of the looming threat of Hurricane Irma, the two teams will not play their game as scheduled Sunday at 1 PM at hard rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
“In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate,” the league wrote in a release. “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.”
As the notice suggests, a lot of options remain on the table, including asking both teams to give up their shared bye week in Week 11, Nov. 19, so they can play the game then.
That is believed to be the option preferred by the league, but both the Bucs and Dolphins have expressed reservations about giving up their bye week because it would force them to play 16 weeks in a row.
The league is believed to be examining all possibilities for the neutral site option, including playing the game in Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Ga. or New Orleans.