The weather could be frightful for tonight’s preseason game at FedEx Field between the Lions and Redskins.
There is a flash flood warning in effect starting at 4 p.m. for Prince George’s County. According to The Weather Channel there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms for the 7:30 kickoff and a 90 percent chance of heavy thunderstorms starting at 9:00, right around halftime.
What effect could the weather have on the game? It depends on what happens.
If the only weather challenge is rain it will be business as usual. The game will go on. It is unlikely that Jay Gruden will make any lineup changes due to the weather. Most players who have even slight muscle pulls, the kind of small injury you might not want to risk aggravating on a slippery field, are already sitting out anyway.
And, like most coaches, Gruden believes that players have to learn to play in the rain since it is likely to get wet a few times when the games start counting. Both this year and last year Gruden allowed training camp practices to go on as usual during some pretty heavy rain.
The presence of lightning, however, is a different story. Lightning in the vicinity will cause the officials to stop the game, send the players to the locker room, and empty the stands. There have been cases of games being called off due to lightning; the forecast would have to call for the lightning to continue for an extended period of time.