- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

From combined dispatches

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has discussed the possibility of his team playing at Rice Stadium if repairs to Reliant Stadium from Hurricane Ike can’t be made in time for its first home game on Oct. 5.

The stadium’s retractable roof lost five pieces in the storm and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium.

Though he has discussed playing at Rice, which is four miles from Reliant, McNair is “optimistic” that repairs can be made in time for Houston to play at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 5.

“We would have to talk to them at Rice, but certainly it’s a large enough stadium that it is a possibility,” McNair said Tuesday.

STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin clarified the status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder: Sprained but not separated.

The injury will likely keep Roethlisberger from fully participating in practice Wednesday, but not from playing Sunday against Philadelphia.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle took two steps to sure up its injured-depleted wide receivers by trading for Keary Colbert and reacquiring Koren Robinson.

Seattle agreed to a one-year contract with Robinson, its former No. 1 draft choice.

Colbert was acquired from Denver.

Seattle has lost six players to injury at that position already this season.

BUCS: Rookie cornerback Elbert Mack was suspended one game without pay by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.

The league said the flagrant violation of player safety rules was the second in three games for the undrafted free agent, who was fined $5,000 for an unnecessary roughness foul against Houston quarterback Alex Brink during the Bucs’ preseason finale.

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