HOUSTON -- The Baltimore Ravens-Houston Texans game was rescheduled to Nov. 9 after Reliant Stadium was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike.
The Texans' home opener was originally scheduled for Sunday, then postponed to Monday night as Ike approached the Gulf Coast. The Category 2 storm slammed into Texas on Friday night and moved into Houston early Saturday morning.
Ike tore chunks off the stadium's retractable roof and the damage couldn't be fixed in time for the game, said Shea Guinn, the president and general manager of Reliant Park.
"There are parts of the roof that are completely gone," Guinn said.
The retractable roof on the $352 million venue rolls open in nine sections. Guinn said five of the sections were missing and large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium.
"It's hard to tell what came from where," Guinn said.
The Texans said alternate sites for Monday night were considered, but logistics made them impossible.
The new date also affects the Cincinnati Bengals' schedule.
Houston was originally scheduled to play the Bengals on Nov. 9. Now, those teams will play on Oct. 26 and Cincinnati will take its bye week on Nov. 9, when the Texans now play the Ravens.
Baltimore had an open date on Nov. 9 on its original schedule.
Don't forget to adjust your fantasy rosters accordingly everyone. Most leagues will treat this as each teams bye week. And note that Cincinnatti will be affected by this too.