NFL, Ravens on alert for Hurricane Ike

Street Talk NFL, Ravens on alert for Hurricane Ike

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OWINGS MILLS — The dangerous threat of Hurricane Ike rapidly approaching the Gulf Coast of Texas has prompted the NFL to explore potential alternatives for the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Hurricane Ike is expected to touch down along the

coast between


by late Friday, according to the

, with projections of tropical-storm force winds extending hundreds of miles in radius. Ike currently has 90 mph winds over the
Gulf of Mexico after ravaging


"We are monitoring it," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon. "If any change needs to be made, we will make an announcement at the appropriate time."

Among the options mentioned in speculation include possibly moving the game to other

cities or potentially playing the game Monday at Reliant Stadium. The Texans’ stadium has a retractable roof.

The Ravens may opt to travel early to the game to arrive in advance of the storm, then wait it out in a hotel and possibly play Sunday.

"Whatever those plans are, they’ll let us know when it’s time," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Our job is to get ready for the Texans."

Despite the scary weather forecast, the Ravens (1-0) seemed intent on concentrating on implementing their game plan and preparing for the Texans (0-1), who are coming off a 38-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I thought it was going to

, you know how out of it I am," defensive end Trevor Pryce said. "I have no idea. I just don’t want to fly in it. That’s my only concern. Playing in it is fine."

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said the city of

has grown accustomed to hurricane season.

"It’s something that we go through a few times a year unfortunately," Kubiak said in a conference call with

reporters. "We’ve got a tremendous facility here. We can close our roof, which everyone knows. Hopefully, everything’s okay.


"It’s just part of being down here on the coast. As of right now, we continue to monitor this situation and we still feel very good that everything should be okay."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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