Cowboys-Texans preseason game canceled due to Hurricane Harvey

Texans WR Bruce Ellington attempts to bring in a pass at the Superdome in New Orleans
Texans WR Bruce Ellington attempts to bring in a pass at the Superdome in New Orleans
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31 August, 2017

The Texans can't get home and likely will stay in the Dallas area until at least after Thursday night's game, although a decision on the game still has not been announced.

The Texans have been using the Cowboys' facility at The Star to practice this week, and the two teams' preseason contest - original slated to be played in Houston - was relocated to AT&T Stadium.

"[Texans players] have a great opportunity and platform to go back and pour into the city and check in on their own families and get involved in the community and rally it in a lot of ways", tight end Jason Witten said.

Robert, Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair will make a donation equal to the money that would have been generated from ticket sales from Thursday's preseason game in Arlington to recovery and relief efforts.

According to the Cowboys, fans who have already purchased tickets may have their money refunded.

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After the Texans played their preseason game in New Orleans last weekend, they went to North Texas instead of home after the storm.

"There's more important things than football right now", Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said. Since the Cowboys played in the Hall of Fame Game on August 3, they have played in the customary four preseason games already.

That's a surprising decision because the National Football League had specifically stated that the game would go on, in Dallas, where the Texans have been practicing all week after they were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Watt said he's been moved by watching everyone that has helped out in the crisis so far and is looking forward to pitching in. So I think it's extremely important that we get home as quickly as we possibly can. That's about the best-case scenario that could some from a game on Thursday is if it raised multi-millions of dollars.

In addition, the NFL Foundation is matching the Texans' $1 million relief donation, Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson announced earlier this week. This is so much bigger than football, and we're not trying to stand up here and act like we're anything more than we are. The original goal was $200,000.


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