MIAMI — Just as the Falcons were about to take the field for warmups it started raining heavily at Sun Life Stadium.
The bowl of the stadium was evacuated because lightning.
Falcons coach Mike Smith places a premium on not suffering injuries in the exhibition season.
This game was supposed to serve as the Falcons’ dress rehearsal for the season. Smith planned to play his starters well into the third quarter.
With a soaked field, the risk for injury is increased. It will interesting to see how the Falcons approach this game.
The team has 89 players on the roster and must cut down to 75 by Monday.
After the Miami game, the Falcons will play at Jacksonville on Aug. 30 in their exhibition season finale. The roster must be trimmed to 53 by Aug. 31.
The storm eventually stopped.
Around 6:30 p.m, about an hour before the schedule kickoff, the Falcons special teams players returned to the field to start warming up.
Cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring), cornerback Darrin Walls (right quad), safety Shann Schillinger (foot), running back Jason Snelling (lower right leg), defensive tackle Elisha Joseph (concussion), left tackle Will Svitek (upper right arm), wide receiver Kerry Meier (foot) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot) will not play against the Dolphins.
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