- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2008

The Houston Texans game against the Baltimore Ravens has been moved to Monday night at 8:30 p.m. because of Hurricane Ike.

The game originally was scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Hurricane Ike was headed toward the Texas coast as a category 3 storm Thursday. It was expected to make landfall between Houston and Corpus Christi sometime early Saturday morning.

The game will be shown on CBS but only in the primary and secondary markets of the two teams. Locally, WUSA-TV (Ch. 9) and WJZ-TV (Ch. 13) will carry the game.

“We understand completely why the change had to be made,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll adjust our schedules.”

TITANS: Quarterback Vince Young insists he never wavered in his commitment to football.

All that concern over his mental state? He says he was upset as he dealt with his first serious injury, and he didn’t realize he had to tell his mother where he was going anymore.

Then the media went overboard.

Young spoke publicly for the first time since Titans coach Jeff Fisher called police for help in locating the quarterback Monday night because of concerns over his emotional well-being. His mother, Felicia Young, also told a local newspaper that the quarterback had indicated he didn’t want to play football anymore because of all the negativity he faced.

“I was never depressed,” Young said.

He took questions from reporters for 16 minutes after watching his teammates practice. His message? Don’t question his commitment.

“Football, this is my life. This is my dream. All I did all these years growing up to get to this point and never had an injury like this before in my life,” he said. “It’s a hard time because I’m a competitor, and I definitely want to be out on the football field with my teammates.”

JAGUARS: Receiver Jerry Porter is expected to make his Jacksonville debut Sunday, and it might come at a good time for the Jaguars.

Fellow receivers Dennis Northcutt (back) and Troy Williamson (thigh) missed practice Thursday, leaving the Jaguars with just three healthy receivers - Matt Jones, Reggie Williams and Mike Walker - heading into Sunday’s home opener against Buffalo.

Porter, meanwhile, has practiced on his surgically repaired hamstring without any setbacks the past two weeks. That’s a good sign for a team desperate to find a deep threat to prevent opponents from stacking the line of scrimmage against running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

COWBOYS: Tony Romo: Pro Bowl player, playboy quarterback and, apparently, a Good Samaritan handy with an air compressor.

A couple says Romo helped them patch a flat tire on the side of a busy street last weekend after the Dallas Cowboys star returned home from a season-opening win at Cleveland.

Bill and Sharon White told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that at least 100 drivers ignored their broken-down Mercury before someone stopped late Sunday. Sharon White said a well-dressed man “with something strange on his chin” walked up and offered a hand.

NFLPA: The NFL Players Association plans to hire a national search firm, the first step in the union’s process to select a new executive director after Gene Upshaw died last month.

The union sent out letters to each of its 32 NFL team player representatives this week seeking approval to hire a search firm, NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said. Once approval is granted, the union’s board will meet within the next few weeks to hire a firm to identify potential candidates.

Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer last month, leaving the union without an executive director while heading into a critical juncture.

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