Stephen Ross: NFL would not let Dolphins off hook for London game

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross
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The Miami Dolphins’ 2017 NFL schedule will be one of the toughest in the league. They face a slate of 16 straight games after Hurricane Irma made it impossible for the team to play in Miami in Week 1.

In an attempt to alleviate the schedule just a bit, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said he emailed the NFL to ask if the London game in Week 4 could be played in Miami.

No dice.

β€œI asked,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, via email, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. β€œIt will be played in London.”

Oftentimes, teams playing in London receive a bye the following week. Obviously, this is not the case for the Dolphins that have already exhausted a forced Week 1 bye. Instead, the Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints in London as planned, following two road games against the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets in Weeks 2 and 3.

After the Week 4 tilt abroad, the Dolphins return home to host the Tennessee Titans.

The team will play only seven games in their home stadium. Their late down-the-stretch schedule consists of two matchups against both the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, and one game against the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.

It is only September, and it is looking like a tiring season for Miami. At least the team’s owner attempted to make things easier. It never hurts to ask.