Owner Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins asked the NFL if it could move the Oct. 1 London game against the New Orleans Saints to Miami, but the league said no, according to a league source.
The Dolphins’ season-opener this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was pushed back to Nov. 19 with Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida. And now, in a worst-case scenario, Miami could be on the road without a return to South Florida for three straight weeks.
Miami left South Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma and took players, coaches, staff and their families to Oxnard, Calif., where the team will meet on Tuesday and practice Wednesday.
The Dolphins hope to return to South Florida to practice in advance of their game at the New York Jets on Sept. 24. The Dolphins have arranged a contingency plan — practicing in West Virginia — if it is not possible to return to South Florida after the game, a source confirmed.
Miami is also assessing any damage at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and the team’s practice facility in Davie, a source confirmed. There was tornado activity in the vicinity of the stadium, and so a proper assessment must take place.
The Dolphins are scheduled to play at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Carson, Calif., followed by the Jets and the Saints in London, a brutal stretch. Miami is not scheduled to play again at Hard Rock Stadium until Oct. 8 against the Tennessee Titans.