NFL postpones Bucs-Dolphins game because of Hurricane Irma

The NFL has officially decided to postpone the Miami Dolphins-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Miami for Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma.

The league reportedly considered moving the game to a neutral site this week, but ultimately decided to postpone it altogether as the Category 5 storm barrels through the Caribbean and possibly hits Florida.

The decision comes with repercussions for both teams, as they will be forced to play 16 straight games with the make-up game coming during their bye weeks. The game has been rescheduled for Week 11.

The NFL may have to decide how best to navigate that situation as playing 16 games without a bye could threaten player safety.

Florida has already ordered mandatory evacuations from the Florida Keys and Miami may also be ordered to evacuate. Irma is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history.

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