Texans and Cowboys Cancel Final Preseason Game

The NFL said it canceled Thursday night's preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texas near Dallas because the Texans will be able to return to their families sooner, ESPN reported on Wednesday.

After Hurricane Harvey barreled into Southeastern Texas over the weekend, leaving devastating floods in its wake, the National Football League relocated the game from Houston to Arlington.

"We've got several members of our travel party - our coaches, our players, our staff members - whose families have been evacuated", general manager Rick Smith said. On Tuesday, the Texans announced that all game proceeds - ticket sales, parking and concessions - will go toward Harvey relief. Otherwise, that money will still go toward storm relief.

"When it became available to us, we've got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all the events and the circumstances that it became increasingly more hard from our perspective to go out and try to play a football game", Smith said.

Texans star J.J. Watt was among those who didn't think the game should be played with the devastation in Houston. "Right now there's more important things than football". We realize how bad the people in Houston want a winning football team and we feel like maybe if we can go out there and win some ball games and play the way we know we're capable of playing, maybe that lifts some people's spirits here as they recover from this tough disaster. I've seen numerous heroic acts, everything we've seen on the TV from the first responders to just neighbors helping neighbors. The team has been practicing at the Cowboys' facility in Frisco, Texas, this week. It's bigger than any of us. "Houston's a great city".

This weekend Watt set up an online fundraiser to raise money for flood relief in Houston. As of Wednesday morning, Watt and his fans have raised $5.1 million.

  • Rosalie Stanley