The NFL hopes the New Orleans Saints can play at least some of their 2006 schedule at the Superdome.
The stadium, damaged by Hurricane Katrina, will not be ready to host a Saints game until late in the season, however. So the team will probably split the remaining games between San Antonio and Tiger Stadium at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., as they have this year.
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue emphasized, as he did earlier this season, that the Saints will remain a New Orleans-based franchise next year.
"Our goal is to play some games in the Superdome in 2006," Tagliabue said yesterday. "It's too early to say what will happen in 2007."