The NFL has officially come to a decision over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins game status with Hurricane Irma making its way to Florida.
Initial talks discussed possibly playing the game at a neutral site, either at Philadelphia or Pittsburgh after the NFL decided the game was definitely not going to be played in Miami this weekend due to the hurricane.
However, according to Pro Football Talk, the league has opted against that notion and has instead come to the conclusion that the game between the Buccaneers and the Dolphins will be moved from Week One to Week 11, which is November 19, keeping it in Miami.
Since both of the teams shared a Week 11 bye, the NFL has decided to play the game then, meaning both teams will now play 16 straight weeks of football, which obviously is a concern for the player's health and safety.
This wouldn't have been what either team would have wanted as an end result of this unfortunate situation. At least this provides both teams with time to be with their families when it is needed the most.
Moving the game to a neutral stadium would have been an issue for Miami, as this would have meant they only had six home games this year. The Dolphins have already given one of their home games for their international trip to London later this season.
Both teams will now have an extra week before they open up their seasons in Week Two. Miami will be travelling to Los Angeles to play against the Chargers, while Tampa Bay will be at home against the Chicago Bears.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all in the path of Hurricane Irma.