Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Joaquin could mean trouble for Eagles and Redskins fans this weekend.
NFL officials and representatives from the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are discussing whether Sunday’s game in the D.C. area between the two teams will have to be moved due to the hurricane threatening the East Coast, according to The Washington Post.
“We are monitoring the forecast and having dialogue with both teams,” the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, Greg Aiello, told the Post.
Aiello and spokesmen for the Eagles and Redskins haven’t specified what kind of scheduling changes might be made.
The game is currently scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field.
The latest update from the National Hurricane Center notes that Joaquin — now in the Bahamas — has increased by 4 mph since Thursday morning, reaching sustained winds of 124 mph but with gusts of up to 155 mph.
While the potential impact on the Bahamas is clear, with weather experts predicting huge waves of up to 30 feet and a storm surge that could go up to 8 feet, the fate of the U.S. East Coast is less certain.
At this point, the path of the storm shows a slight move to the east, further out to sea than possible paths reported overnight and Wednesday. That means there is still a chance it will pass to the East Coast of the United States.
Coaches and players from both teams are also keeping a close watch on Joaquin's path.
Eagles Coach Chip Kelly told the Post he’ll “wait until Sunday” to see what the storm will do, but noted “it’s something that we’ve been monitoring.”
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins highlighted the challenges of playing in potential severe weather.
“I have done it in the past,” he told the Post. “Rain affects it, wind affects it, how much we get of each of those. When they start to combine and be a lot of both, it can be really difficult. Temperature also starts to change things. I’ve always been able to throw a wet ball pretty consistently. I don’t feel like it takes me off my game too much.”
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