The Miami Dolphins are setting up shop this week at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp facilities in Oxnard, California. The Cowboys offered the team use of their Southern California site when the Dolphins were forced to leave South Florida due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. The Dolphins had been scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami on Sunday, but the league postponed the game until Week 11, when both the Dolphins and Buccaneers had been scheduled to have their one off-week of the year.
The Los Angeles Rams had also offered the Dolphins the use of their training facilities for the week.
Dolphins owners Stephen Ross chartered a plane on Friday to get the players, coaches, staff, and their families out of the path of Irma. The owner will fly the families back to Miami whenever it is safe for them to return.
Some players had already left the Miami area after the team cancelled all football operations last week. They are expected to join the team in Oxnard in the next couple of days.
Stephen Ross is flying players, coaches, staff & their families to LA ahead of Irma.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 9, 2017
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Prior to leaving the area, the Dolphins organization had deflated the team’s indoor practice “bubble” and took all of the awning covers off the stands at the team’s training facilities.
Hurricane Irma has slowly shifted its projected path to the west, no longer appearing to be a direct strike on Miami, though the storm is large enough that the entire state of Florida is expected to feel some impact.
The Dolphins will face the Los Angeles Chargers on September 17.