The Miami Dolphins do not have a game this Sunday after their Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. With the Category 4 storm bearing down on Miami, the team has decided to leave and head west to California for the next week. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, this move includes all of the team’s players, coaches, staff, and the families, making sure everyone is out of the part of Hurricane Irma.
Per source, Dolphins players, coaches and traveling staff, plus family members are flying to LA TONIGHT and will practice next week there.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 8, 2017
The Dolphins face the Los Angeles Chargers on September 17, their scheduled Week 2 game. The team will start practicing in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, according to Jackson, which could prove to be a benefit - from a football point of view - as they adjust to the west coast time change. This puts the team away from Irma’s path, while also providing them with a plan prior to any potential damage to the team’s training facilities in Davie.
Several members of the Dolphins have already left the Florida area following the cancellation of all practices and football operations this week. Those members are expected to join the team in California later, however, the team does expect most of the players to be on the team’s chartered flight Friday night.
Stay safe, Florida.