A pre-season game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled as the region battles the devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey, it was confirmed Wednesday.
The Houston Texans had initially been due to play Dallas at their NRG Stadium on Thursday before the venue was switched to the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington following the deadly disaster.
The Texans have been unable to return to Houston since playing a game against the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana on Saturday.
The team had been practicing with the Cowboys this week but opted to cancel Thursday’s exhibition game in order to return to Houston to be with family members and help in relief efforts, a statement on the NFL website said.
Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph summed up the mood of the team as they watched the disaster unfold from afar.
“It’s like a punch in the gut,” Joseph said. “You want to be back there for your city, your family, of course your kids.”
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said players and team officials had been directly affected by the disaster.
Meanwhile the Texans charismatic defensive star J.J. Watt has already raised millions of dollars towards the disaster relief effort.
Watt launched a fundraising drive on Sunday with an initial target of $200,000. That was reached within two hours, and by Wednesday morning had exceeded $5 million.
Watt said on Twitter Wednesday the target was now $6 million. (Agence France-Presse)
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