The NFL postponed the Miami Dolphins' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled for this afternoon at Pro Player Stadium because of Hurricane Jeanne.
The game was rescheduled for tonight at 8:30, although officials said they would make a final decision this morning about when the game would be played. It had been scheduled for 1 p.m.
"That decision has been reached jointly by the team, the commissioner's office and the Steelers, after talking to government agencies and evaluating the information we have at this point about potential effects of the storm," Dolphins President Eddie Jones said in a written statement released by the club. "However, we all intend to reassess the situation following the aftermath of the storm in the morning, and make a final decision at that point. Our first consideration will be public safety issues resulting from the storm, and that concern will be the priority in determining whether the game can be played" tonight.
Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said late last week that the game could be played tomorrow or Tuesday. The Steelers, at the league's request, traveled to Florida on Friday instead of yesterday and NFL officials had been hopeful on Friday that the game could be played this afternoon. But after continuing to track the storm, they changed their mind yesterday.
The NFL moved the Dolphins' season-opening game to a Saturday because of Hurricane Ivan. The Dolphins also had their travel to New Orleans for their final preseason game affected by Hurricane Frances, as a group of players missed the team's flight, believing that the game would be canceled.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.