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Breaking: NFL moves Miami Dolphins’ game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Nov. 19

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. (Getty Images)

DAVIE — The Dolphins-Bucs season opener won’t be an opener after all. The NFL decided Wednesday morning to move the game to Nov. 19, the bye week for both teams, because of Hurricane Irma.

The decision was reached after the league, in consultation with officials from both teams and government agencies, deliberated since Monday on the best course of action.

The game originally was scheduled for Hard Rock Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday, when Irma would be too close to South Florida for anyone to be outside. The league finally admitted as much Tuesday afternoon, when it issued a statement saying the game would not be played in South Florida this week.

“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 said in a statement.

Among the options considered were moving to a neutral site or playing it later in the season. Both teams have a bye Nov. 19, but playing the game on that date would mean playing 16 consecutive weeks, …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post