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Hard Rock Stadium field is a mess. But is it unsafe for football? NFL weighs in.

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The chewed-up field at Hard Rock Stadium is a bit of an eyesore Sunday.

But it is safe for play.

That’s according to a league source, who confirmed that the pitch will be “an NFL-quality surface for the game today.”

A torrential downpour during the Duke-Miami game Saturday night made things a mess, but the stadium grounds crew worked on the field throughout the night to make an acceptable for play.

There was a heavy, steady downpour for much of the first half of the Miami Hurricanes 20-12 loss to Duke on Saturday night. The rain slowed to a drizzle at the start of the second half, stopped completely late in the third quarter and then picked up again in the final minute of the game.

The sidelines morphed basically into mud and there were multiple large puddles scattered throughout the field during the game.

After the game ended, a handful of Hard Rock Stadium grounds crew members were on the field using leaf blowers in an attempt to dry the field.

Sunday’s game is expected to be mostly dry, with only a 15 percent change of rain before 4 p.m.

The Dolphins struggled with their field for much of 2017, prompting the organization to fire its turf provider. That seemed to fix the problem, at least until this weekend.

ESPN filed a story early Sunday expressing concerns about the surface, and quoted one league source as saying the following:

“The field is horrendous. … It’s a complete s—show.”

That was presumably the thoughts of Jets officials, who might be miffed after being forced to play on a less-than-ideal surface in Miami for the season straight year.

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