The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been dealing with enough adversity over the past couple of months, but apparently, that wasn’t enough.
Hurricane Ian just had to enter the chat and screw with things even more this past week. The hurricane forced the Buccaneers to migrate to Miami for the week, where they’ve practiced since Tuesday.
But, it didn’t stop there. Up until Thursday, a good chunk of the conversation has been geared toward whether or not the Buccaneers will play in Tampa Bay when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday night.
Fortunately, the Buccaneers -and the Chiefs- received official word on Thursday that the game will in fact be played in Raymond James Stadium on Sunday and kickoff is still scheduled for 8:20pm E.T.
The Buccaneers issued a release Thursday afternoon detailing the decision:
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida region who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are also very thankful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging consequences of this powerful storm. We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled.
We would like to thank all of the local government agencies and the thousands of emergency personnel who worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure that our area would be ready to respond if needed. We would also like to acknowledge the Miami Dolphins organization for their assistance and hospitality in allowing us to use their practice facilities this week.
We also want to express our sincere appreciation to the first responders and emergency personnel who are already battling the elements, saving lives, and helping our neighbors in those most impacted areas to our south.
We will have additional information soon on ways we can join together to support our community and those most impacted by the storm.”
This is obviously a great development for the Buccaneers, who have been searching for some bit of consistency/normalcy this week.
“We definitely want some normalcy,” wide receiver Mike Evans said Thursday. “But guys have adjusted well during this process … It’s been cool, everybody’s handling it well, but we are looking forward to going back home … and getting a W.”
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