Come gusting winds and high water, the Houston Texans are determined to play every one of their games this season, including the Sunday Oct. 5 home opener against the Indianapolis Colts, in Hurricane Ike-damaged Reliant Stadium.
Even though the retractable roof is missing some panels, and the stadium is missing some doors, the Texans said over the weekend that, barring the unforeseen, they are not moving anywhere.
The plan now is to simply open the roof and play each of their games in an open-air stadium, the way most football teams do. The Texans are all right not having use of the retractable roof. They are not all right with having to play any home games at nearby Rice Stadium.