National Football League cancels Texans-Cowboys exhibition finale

Arnold Nichols
August 31, 2017

The NFL has opted to cancel Thursday's preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, because the Texans will be able to return home to their families in Houston sooner than anticipated.

The Texans might have Thursday night's preseason game moved from NRG, but they expect to host Jacksonville on September 10 as scheduled.

"[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. The proceeds from Thursday's game were slated to go to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

At this time it is not clear what would happen to those who had already purchased the tickets prior to the cancellation. Otherwise, that money will still go toward storm relief.

"You know football, obviously, is important, but I think the most important thing right now is doing everything we can for our city".

"I think we have the best fans, anyway, so just imagine what NRG Stadium will be like for that first home game".

This is much bigger and much more important than football.

With the cancellation, the Texans will now get to go home and be with their families after being away for almost a week. "Right now, I'm excited that they can get home".

After a week that saw the team fly from Houston to New Orleans, then on to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Texans bussed back to Houston on Wednesday afternoon. The team had been working out at the Cowboys' practice facility at The Star in Frisco. The NFL will also donate $1 million. Watt helped raise nearly $775,000 as of 7 p.m. ET on Monday. The campaign reached $5.1 million on Wednesday and has a new goal of $6 million.

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