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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
With roof still in question, Texans could return to stadium


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Houston Texans might be able to play in a Reliant Stadium with a hurricane-damaged roof open, owner Bob McNair said Tuesday.

"I understand there's an issue with drainage; if it's open and you have a lot of rain, it's an issue," he said. "But if you have good weather like this, there's good possibility that you could just play with it open. Certainly that's what was anticipated. But I think the drainage is something that is a concern if you had a tropical deluge. Just two or three inches of rain in a very short period of time, that could create a problem."

Evaluations of the building are not complete. But some employees were back in stadium offices and facilities today, and all are expected back Wednesday.

McNair said the Oct. 5 home game against Indianapolis is still possible.

"We've got engineers looking at it now and so far no one has noted any structural damage," he said. "But that's really what they're looking for. In terms of the roof panels, we don't know how long it will take to replace them. We'll just have to get further update on that."

For more from McNair, check out my AFC South Blog post from earlier today.