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Around the NFL: Irma could affect Dolphins-Bucs opener, Marshall says Eli has to 'dethrone' Fitz

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

1. Hurricane Irma could affect Dolphins-Bucs game

NFL officials are monitoring the tropical storm’s path in the southeast Atlantic and making contingency plans to move Sunday’s season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium to another day or location.

The Associated Press reported late Monday that the game could be played on Thursday or Friday in South Florida, but that call would have to be made by Tuesday due to the logistics involved. No immediate decision was made following a Tuesday morning conference call, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.

Bills fans will remember the last time an NFL game was played at a neutral site due to weather conditions: Buffalo’s 38-3 rout of Rex Ryan’s Jets at Ford Field in Detroit.

The Dolphins and Buccaneers share a Week 11 bye, but both teams have pushed back at suggestions the game be rescheduled for Nov. 19.

2. Elliott practicing as suspension appeal goes through courts

While the NFL has filed a motion to dismiss the NFLPA’s petition for a temporary restraining order on Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s domestic violence policy, the Cowboys’ star running back will practice "until someone tells him not to,” coach Jason Garrett told ESPN.com on Monday.

The Cowboys believed Elliot would be able to play in Sunday’s season opener if arbitrator Harold Henderson did not rule on Elliot’s appeal by 4 p.m. Tuesday. But NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero cited a league source in reporting there is no deadline.

3. Eli Manning ‘has a long way to go to dethrone Ryan Fitzpatrick’

That’s according to new Giants receiver Brandon Marshall. Manning may have two Super Bowl MVPs, but Marshall isn’t yet convinced his current quarterback is better than his old one.

“He has a long way to go to dethrone Ryan Fitzpatrick, you know?” Marshall told reporters on Monday. “He has a long way to go. So we’ll see.”

As you can see in the video, Marshall flashed a big smile after making the comment, so he may have been joking. He and Fitzpatrick (now the Buccaneers’ backup) played together with the Jets for the past two seasons.

4. Patriots are heavy favorites in AFC East

The Super Bowl champions are -2500 (bet $2,500 to win $100) favorites to win their ninth straight AFC East title in the latest odds from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

The Bills’ +2000 odds have moved up (or down, depending on how look at it) from +1500 in May. That’s still better than the 2.5 percent chance given by ESPN.com’s FPI projection.

The Jets, at +20000 to win the division, have odds that “are practically unheard of.”

5. Bills among teams with new Nike jerseys

Have you noticed the sleeker look at the collar on Bills’ jerseys this season?

The Bills are one of 19 teams that have upgraded to Nike’s new Vapor Untouchable uniform template, ditching the shiny Flywire collar from the Nike Elite 51 template worn last season.

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