Rain, rain go away, some Buccaneers and Redskins have to fight for a roster spot today.
Football is meant to be played in all sorts of elements, but the preseason showdown between Tampa Bay and Washington might be cut short due to the presence of Tropical Storm Hermine, which is already starting to dump rain on Raymond James Stadium.
CSN-Mid Atlantic’s JP Finlay suggests the game might not have a fourth quarter because of the poor conditions.
Oddly enough, the game was moved up from Thursday’s original kickoff to Wednesday night to “beat” the heavy rain approaching. Well, it appears Mother Nature might have won again.
— Trent Murphy (@TMurphy_93) August 31, 2016
Lot of water on that tarp. It's been raining for hours already here at Raymond James Stadium. pic.twitter.com/SvurWHsoRH
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 31, 2016
The hourly forecast doesn’t bode well, either. Weather.com predicts a 100 percent chance of heavy thunderstorms from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET, with the chance of thunderstorms dropping to a not-very-encouraging 80 percent from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
While most, if not all, of the starters for both teams won’t take the field Wednesday night, player safety is still at the forefront for guys on the bubble. It’d be tragic to see a player suffer a serious injury because of slick field conditions, and it’s uncertain how the turf at Raymond James Stadium will hold up amidst the soggy conditions.
Unfortunately, a condensed game could limit the opportunities those fringe players get to make an impactful play and potentially steal a roster spot.