The NFL is still hoping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can play "Sunday Night Football" at home against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. The league has not moved the contest yet, but has a contingency plan depending on the severity of Hurricane Ian, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com.
If the league deems it unsafe to play the game in Florida, it would shift the contest to Minneapolis. The game will reportedly still be played Sunday night.
NFL's Jeff Miller says there is no change to status of SNF in Tampa. NFL continues to monitor the situation, if venue change is needed, it would be played in Minneapolis on Sunday night.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 28, 2022
The Buccaneers are hoping the game will be played in Tampa Bay. But head coach Todd Bowles is making sure his team is prepared if the site moves.
Bowles said hopefully the game is in Tampa on Sunday, but they have to remain focused because "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us." #gobucs #nflnetwork— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) September 28, 2022
The Buccaneers have already experienced some changes as a result of the storm. The team is practicing in Miami to be farther away from Hurricane Ian.
Todd Bowles via zoom from Miami: "Our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone still in Tampa. What we do is really small entertainment for people that go through a lot of rough things and hopefully we can provider that." #gobucs #nflnetwork— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) September 28, 2022
Bucs players and staff were told they could bring their pets and families to Miami in order to keep everyone safe.
Bowles says they made sure players, coaches, staff could bring family and pets with them so that everyone felt safe in the storm. #gobucs #nflnetwork— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) September 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian is classified as a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday. Roughly 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate before the storm hit.