The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that this week's preseason finale against Washington has been moved up to Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather.

The game was scheduled to be played on Thursday, but Tropical Depression Nine could have been a factor.

"This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff," the Buccaneers said in a statement.