Houston Texans: Taking action, helping those in need back home

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates a tackle in the backfield during the first half of an NFL preseason game between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas

Thursday's preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans has been cancelled, WFAA confirmed.

"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. According to the report, more than 40,000 tickets had been sold for the game, with proceeds from the sales going to relief efforts in Houston.

Fans that have purchased tickets to Thursday's game will have the option to donate the money to relief efforts or request a refund through Ticketmaster. Otherwise, that money will still go toward storm relief. "So we need to make sure that we're thinking about these victims and the city of Houston before anything else". "Houston being able to get home and see their families is a big deal". The team has been practicing at the Cowboys' facility in Frisco, Texas, this week. The decision to cancel Thursday night's game altogether was announced when the Texans said local authorities had found a safe route for the team to drive the 250 miles home.

"It is what it is", Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus told the Houston Chronicle when asked about the team being forced to relocate temporarily to Dallas following the Texans' game in New Orleans against Saints on Saturday night.




"This is bigger than football". So I think it's extremely important that we get home as quickly as we possibly can.

"Know that they're probably anxious to get home and see their families and just assess the situation", said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. Watt's fundraiser has raised more than $1 million in a day.

"I'm sitting here watching the news and checking the internet and seeing everything that's going on with Hurricane Harvey and the damage it's causing back home", Watt said on the video. It's bigger than any of us. The goal has now been upped to $1 million.

His original goal of $200,000 was met in less than two hours.

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