The NFL has canceled a Thursday night preseason game between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, according to multiple reports. The Texans can't get home and likely will stay in the Dallas area until at least after Thursday night's game, although a decision on the game still has not been announced. "These guys have a great opportunity and platform to go back and check on their own families and get involved in the community and rally in a lot of ways".
Two NFL owners are prepared to make sizable donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated Houston with flooding.
Fans can request a refund or have the money go to the storm relief efforts.
The Dallas Cowboys have opened their doors to the Houston Texans, and are letting them dictate how they want to handle Thursday's preseason finale.
"Football is obviously important, but I think the most important thing is doing everything we can for our city, I can tell you right now, we're going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston, the people of Houston", O'Brien said.
"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 said. "This is much bigger and much more important than football".
The game, which was originally scheduled for Houston, was moved to Arlington. Watt was asked if the game could provide a "nice distraction for the people in Houston".
"We've upped the goal to $10 million because everything is bigger in Texas", he said.
The sun was shining in Houston Wednesday as the heaviest rainfall appeared to be past the area, but catastrophic floods were still wreaking havoc on the city. Watt, who has spearheaded an online fundraising campaign over the past few days, echoed the desire to return home and help with the recovery process. He also raised the goal of the fundraiser to $6 million.