Thursday night’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington will be moved to Wednesday night, the Bucs announced. Tropical Depression Nine is set to hit Tampa on Thursday night, and the severe weather would make playing a game impossible.
“We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff.”
The game will be broadcast on WFLA-8. Traditionally, the fourth week of preseason features mostly backups and their backups, as teams have to make their final roster cuts the next week. Most of the 53-man roster will already be set by the time the Bucs take the field.