The Washington Redskins will play their fourth preseason game in Tampa Bay. It just won't be on Thursday.
Severe weather expected to hit the west coast of Florida on Thursday led to the teams moving the game up to Wednesday evening.
More from the Buccaneers website:
This week’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium has been moved to Wednesday, August 31, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The change from the originally scheduled date of Thursday, September 1, is in an effort to avoid anticipated severe weather from Tropical Depression Nine which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area.
“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 Redskins tweeted as well.
Washington last played Friday, so this will be a quick turnaround. Most starters and key contributors will not play in the game, coach Jay Gruden said. The Redskins were expected to practice Tuesday in Ashburn, but those plans will likely change.
This also means more time to prepare for the season opener.