Hurricane Irma: Dolphins trying to practice as usual despite threat

The Dolphins have had two fairly normal days of practice despite Hurricane Irma’s threat. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—The Dolphins went through the regular mechanisms of their work week today, aware of the potential problems Hurricane Irma could cause as it nears South Florida but ignoring those concerns as much as possible.

Miami was scheduled to open the season against Tampa Bay on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium, but it the NFL announced today that won’t happen. The league is exploring the possibility of playing at an alternate venue or having the teams meet on their mutual bye week in November.

The Dolphins didn’t know that when they hit the practice field in the afternoon, though many players suspected there would be a change, and were trying to treat the day as normally as possible. Miami coach Adam Gase wasn’t part of the team’s conference call with the NFL in the morning because he was in meetings preparing for Tampa Bay.

“One of Coach Gase’s biggest things is when we step in this building, we’ve gotta be where our feet are,” wide receiver Jarvis Landry said. “So for us, when we’re here, we focus as much as possible as if the game is tomorrow or Sunday.”

Several players talked about concerns with their homes and families, and some took the opportunity to warn the public to listen to the government’s advisories.

Others tried to lighten the tension in what has been a trying week for the team and all of South Florida.

“I’m definitely concerned about the community in South Florida, really the whole state, especially with our State of Emergency,” Ndamukong Suh said. “Luckily my family doesn’t like me, so they’re up in Portland, Ore., and Detroit and up north. They’re safe for the most part. Myself, we’ll figure something out.”

New quarterback Jay Cutler, who moved here by himself from Nashville a month ago, was immediately hit with a question of whether he now regrets coming to Florida. He laughed. Cutler’s wife and kids are back at their home, and he didn’t bring much with him.

“I’m in a different situation than most of these guys because my family’s not here,” he said. “A lot of these guys have a lot on their plate—moving their families and your house and your cars.

“I’m one of the few lucky ones that I’ve got a car here and a bag full of clothes, and that’s kind of it. You’ve got a lot of guys in that locker room that are going through a lot of things in their head, and we’ve gotta be mindful of that and kinda help them in any way possible.”

In most regular-season weeks, the Dolphins would do film Monday, take Tuesday off, then practice Wednesday through Friday. They’re actually well-positioned this week in that regard because of it being the opener.

Instead of their usual practice schedule, the Dolphins started preparing for Tampa Bay on Monday and will have the majority of their on-field work completed by the end of Wednesday. That would have enabled them to be ready earlier in the week if the league had moved the game up instead of relocating or rescheduling it.

“We’re open to anything,” Cutler said. “This team is young and flexible and they’re ready to rock.”

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