HOUSTON (Sept. 25, 2005) -- The Houston Texans will not have to resort to a plan that would have had them spending the week in Cincinnati after Houston was spared a direct hit by Hurricane Rita.
The Texans will take Sept. 26 off because of gas and transportation problems in the area and resume practice the next day, the team announced on its web site.
Houston has a bye this week and travels to face the Bengals Oct. 2.
The team canceled practice Sept. 22 and players and staff were urged to leave town as Rita approached.
The Texans' practice bubble was deflated before the storm and doesn't appear to have been damaged.
Rita came ashore the morning of the 24th close to the Texas-Louisiana border as a category 3 hurricane with top winds of 120 mph.