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Dolphins cleared to return home after Chargers game

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The Miami Dolphins can try to find a sense of normalcy with a return to South Florida after their Week 2 game.

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The Miami Dolphins will be heading back to South Florida next week, an event that was in a questionable status following Hurricane Irma’s strike in the area. A tornado is believed to have touched down in the vicinity of Hard Rock Stadium, but engineers have determined the stadium did not suffer any major damage and will be ready for the team’s next home game, a Week 5 contest against the Tennessee Titans.

Dolphins CEO and President Tom Garfinkel shared the news of the engineers’ report on both Hard Rock Stadium and the team’s Davie training facilities on Tuesday. The University of Miami will use the stadium on September 23 for their next home game.

The Dolphins had made plans to practice next week at The Greenbrier in West Virginia if the team’s training facility was not cleared. Those plans seem to be unnecessary now.

Miami plays the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday, a Week 2 meeting that will serve as the season opener for the Dolphins. The NFL postponed last week’s scheduled opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until Week 11, when both teams had been scheduled to have their bye week. Miami heads to New Jersey in Week 3 to face the New York Jets.

Their first “home” game of the year will be played in London when the Dolphins host the New Orleans Saints in Wembley Stadium. The Dolphins had asked the NFL to consider moving the London game back to Miami after the changes to the schedule because of Hurricane Irma, but the league denied the request.

The team will be able to try to find a sense of normalcy next week after spending this week practicing at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp facilities in Oxnard, California. Kickoff against the Chargers will be at 4:05pm ET Sunday, making Miami the last team in the NFL to make their season debut.