DAVIE — The Dolphins have decided to practice in California next week in preparation for their game Sept. 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Hurricane Irma forced the NFL to postpone their season-opener against Tampa Bay originally scheduled for Sunday. Instead, the game will be played Nov. 19 at Hard Rock Stadium.
In preparation for Irma, the Dolphins deflated their practice bubble at Nova Southeastern University, so practicing indoors likely would have been out of the question. And the team doesn’t know what kind of shape their outdoor fields will be in.
The Dolphins’ traveling party planned to leave South Florida on Friday night. Owner Stephen Ross is trying to take care of the players and coaches but also their families and other members of the traveling party by leaving in advance of Irma.
After the Chargers game, the Dolphins visit the Jets on Sept. 24, then play New Orleans in London on Oct. 1.
This means their first game in Hard Rock won’t be until Oct. 8 vs. Tennessee.
The storm also is forcing the team to play 16 consecutive weeks.