Miami Dolphins May See Season Start Earlier Than Expected

Due to a possible bout with Hurricane Irma, the NFL is considering moving the Dolphins-Bucs season opener in Miami to another site or earlier this week because of the hurricane. 

An unidentified source confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league and teams aren't talking publicly about the options.

Switching the game to Thursday or Friday is being considered because Irma could threaten South Florida over the weekend. 

If the game is moved to earlier this week, the decision must be made by Tuesday because of the logistics involved, the person said. The decision will be made by the league with input from the teams, the person said.

Kickoff is currently scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Sunday.

NFL officials continue to monitor the situation, and remain in close communication with both clubs and local officials.

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