National Football League cancels Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans preseason game

Lawrence Cooper
August 31, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans are set to play their final 2017 preseason game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Thursday night, but the minds of many people will be on the coast.

Instead, the Texans will return home Wednesday for the first time in almost a week after authorities found a safe route for the team to drive.

In the time since, the Texans have opted for an opportunity to return home to their families and community. We are going to play the game. "I think everyone wants to get there".

"The Jacksonville Jaguars will support whatever scheduling decision the National Football League makes", he said Wednesday. "The fourth preseason game scheduled for Thursday night in Dallas will be canceled". "We're here to support them in any way we can". "It's an unfortunate situation, but we're going to focus on Jacksonville and do whatever we can get to a win for this city". That's not what I'm here to say.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has embraced a fundraising effort of his own in recent days.

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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. "Just stay safe for now, and once it's over we'll rebuild". All tickets would cost $25, and all proceeds would be donated to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund. The Texans were in New Orleans when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and then flew to Dallas for continued practices after Saturday's preseason game against the Saints.

"I think it's the right decision", he said. The Texans had been practicing at a Cowboys facility in Frisco while flooding from Harvey pounded the Houston area. "Everybody here is most concerned about their families, friends, the City of Houston. I know we're all very excited to get there and see our people, but also start helping".

Watt nearly didn't know to react to the stunning growth of his flood relief fundraising effort, which started with a web page and a video Sunday. The campaign reached $5.1 million on Wednesday and has a new goal of $6 million.

I've raised the goal to $1 million.

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