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By Peter Gleason
If you are a regular NFL gambler or are in a fantasy league, you’ve got enough on your plate to weigh before you risk your hard-earned bucks this Sunday.
But now you have to worry about a natural disaster:
NFL officials are in discussions with representatives of the Redskins and Eagles about potential weather-related scheduling contingencies in case Hurricane Joaquin impacts the D.C. area this weekend.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that the league is currently trying to figure out what to do if the hurricane hits, and that postponing the game to Nov. 1 would likely be the “easiest” option.
“We are monitoring the forecast and having dialogue with both teams,” said Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications.
Aiello declined to say what prospective scheduling changes are being discussed. Spokesmen for the Eagles and Redskins declined to elaborate on potential rescheduling plans.
The Redskins and Eagles are scheduled to play Sunday at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field.
Forecast models differ on which path Hurricane Joaquin will take and what effect it might have on the Washington area’s weather. Coaches and players were unsure of what to expect, but are keeping an eye on it.
“Well, we’ll wait until Sunday to know what exactly is going to happen,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said, “but it’s something that we’ve been monitoring.”
“I heard the rumors,” said Washington left tackle Trent Williams. “Nobody ever wants to play in any weather like that, but I think it plays into the [offensive] line’s hands when it kind of turns into a ground-and-pound type of game depending on the rain and the wind.”
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said playing in bad weather can be a challenge.
“I have done it in the past,” Cousins said. “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.”