Hurricane Ike struck
"Our thoughts and prayers are all with those impacted by the hurricane," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We will adjust. Our focus now turns to preparing for the Browns."
The league rescheduled the Ravens-Texans game to the 10th week of the season, which was the Ravens’ bye week.
"It’s difficult because we had started to get into that game mode. We had put together a long week of preparation. You have your body and your mind prepared for the whole deal, and then there’s no event. It’s really unfortunate, but the first thing is safety for the families down there, for the people of
Because of the postponement, Harbaugh has given the players off Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The Ravens (1-0) will begin preparation for the Browns (0-1) on Wednesday for next weekend’s game at M&T Bank Stadium.
"Without a bye, we believe we need to give the players the next few days off," Harbaugh said. “We’ll have a
The late-breaking development means the Ravens will have to play 15 consecutive games without a break.
Several Ravens players are unhappy with the league’s decision and had already made plans with family for the bye, but they are sympathetic to the Texans’ plight.
For example, former Ravens safety Will Demps has no power in his
The NFL held a conference call with Ravens and Texans team officials Saturday afternoon and had previously discussed alternate sites, including the New Orleans Saints’ Superdome and the Atlanta Falcons’ Georgia Dome. Ravens kicker Matt Stover, the team’s union representative, and Texans tight end Mark Bruener, his team’s rep, were involved in the discussions.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decided Thursday to wait it out and see how much damage Hurricane Ike would inflict prior to making a final call Saturday evening.
Instead of having the Texans leave town last week to prepare to play at an alternate site or in
This was going to be the Texans’ only home game this month. Now, their stadium is in disarray and all their games are on the road until October.
"I guess you just have to look forward to our next game," Brown said. "I know a couple of guys have a few nagging injuries, including me, so maybe this gives us a couple of days to regroup and rehab and get ready for next Sunday’s game. We’ll do what we have to do to move on from this."