Before the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin their pre-season schedule on August 13, the two teams will hold joint practice in Tampa that week, according to a report good by Athletic.
Joint practice sessions allow teams to work against an opponent during training camp, which is followed by weeks of intra-squad practice being limited to reps.
Last season, the Dolphins combined practice against the Bears before the preseason opener in Chicago and then at home against the Atlanta Falcons the following week.
Miami’s other two 2022 pre-season games will both take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday against the Las Vegas Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. As the NFL increased its regular-season schedule from 16 games to 17, it has also removed one preseason game from the slate—from four to three.
The Dolphins lost in a 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa last October, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Brady has been linked to the Dolphins on several occasions this off-season. First, the 2020 meeting between Brady and the Dolphins was referenced in former Miami coach Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit against the NFL and some of its teams over racially biased hiring practices. Later, multiple reports detailed mutual interest in Brady joining the team in some sort of front office or ownership role to eventually play quarterback.
Brady, who turns 45 in August, retired and then retired this off-season, has since accepted a job as an NFL game-day analyst for Fox at the conclusion of his playing career. , whenever that can happen.