But because of the threat of Hurricane Irma, the more appropriate time is this Sunday.
The postponement also mean the Dolphins now must play 16 consecutive games without a bye week, an idea that caused some players to bristle Tuesday.
Jon Erdman of the Weather Channel reported the path of Hurricane Irma, which intensified into a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic Ocean, remains unsettled. The National Hurricane Center has warned the residents to be prepared for devastating winds, storm surges, and flash floods as well as rainfall of up to 12 inches. As we have seen from the tragic impact of Hurricane Harvey-and from South Florida's own experiences-the impacts of hurricanes can be devastating and long-lasting, and can make travel extremely hard and unsafe. We expect the league officials to take some time and weigh in on those factors that will determine the decision.
Dozens of high school football games in Florida were either cancelled or rescheduled, and Miami also cancelled two volleyball matches, two women's soccer games and a cross country meet because of the expected storm.
On Wednesday, Irma slammed the Caribbean island of St. Martin.
Although playing the game Saturday was out of the question, Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir had ESPN and the Sun Belt on board to move the game up to Friday and play before the storm.
A hurricane warning was posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St. Barts, Puerto Rico, and the US and British Virgin islands.
The Bucs and Dolphins were initially scheduled to play at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
The move comes after last week's cancelation of the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys pre-season game in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.
Another concern for the Dolphins is potential damage to their stadium.
According to Armando Salguero, neither team wants to move the game to later this year.
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