Sunday, September 26, 2004

Dolphins, Steelers move back start time


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The Associated Press

MIAMI - Hurricane Jeanne forced the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers to move their game to prime time today.

The teams and the leagueagreed to move the starting time from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. because the hurricane was expected to bring significant wind and rain to South Florida late Saturday night and early this morning.

But the Dolphins said the game time could change again.

"We all intend to reassess the situation following the aftermath of the storm in the morning and make a final decision at that point," team president Eddie Jones said Saturday. "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 (Sunday) night."

The Steelers flew to South Florida on Friday, a day early, because of the hurricane.

Jeanne is the fourth hurricane to affect major sporting events in Florida in the last six weeks, joining Charley, Frances and Ivan.

The Dolphins have been affected by the last three. Their season opener against Tennessee was played on a Saturday because of Ivan. One week earlier, the NFL forced the Dolphins to travel to New Orleans for an exhibition game after players balked at leaving their families while in the path of Hurricane Frances.

REDSKINS: Quarterback Mark Brunell will start for Washington Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, having recovered sufficiently from a strained hamstring.

Brunell was injured in the third quarter of the Redskins' 20-14 loss to the New York Giants last week and at first was doubtful for the Cowboys game. The hamstring improved quicker than expected, and Brunell was back in pads Friday.

GIANTS: Safety Shaun Williams will have surgery on his left knee Monday to repair damaged cartilage. Williams hurt the knee making an interception at practice Friday and underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. It was not immediately known how long Williams will be out of the lineup.




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