The Texans have been in the Dallas area since early Sunday morning after flying directly from their preseason game in New Orleans on Saturday night. No decisions have been made on the duration of the team's stay in Dallas or on details regarding Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Thursday night's preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium was canceled by the National Football League on Wednesday to allow Houston players to return home to be with their families after the catastrophic flooding in Houston.
Several Cowboys speaking at the Silverstar Cowboys luncheon said this is much bigger than football.
The Texans will practice Monday and Tuesday at The Star. "And I'm not sure it would have been fair to do so".
"We've been focused on everything going on back home", head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "So when the opportunity arose today that we had a safe route to get home, the decision was made to cancel the game and get our guys home".
Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt said Houston needs the same kind of help it offered New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina swamped Louisiana's largest city 12 years ago.
A fundraising page that Watt started has already raised more than $570,000 since Sunday.
"We've upped the goal to $10 million because everything is bigger in Texas", he said.
"I know they're probably anxious to get home and see their families, just assess the situation", Witten said. "Whether it's $5, whether it's $500, whatever it may be, to see so many people's support, to see so many people send the message, spread the message, it's incredible".
"We told our team at the outset of the week that it might be a amusing week given the circumstances that they're going through down in Houston", coach Jason Garrett said.
Officials are determining if an event like a scrimmage or autograph session can still be held at the Cowboys' stadium on Thursday night. "We're not going to play the game".