Thursday’s scheduled preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and host Houston Texans has been moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, because of severe weather conditions in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the NFL announced Monday.
Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game relocated to AT&T Stadium
“Due to public safety concerns resulting from the ongoing weather emergency related to Hurricane Harvey, Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game originally scheduled to be played in Houston at 7 p.m. CT has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington,” the league said in a statement. “Kickoff on Thursday will remain at 7 p.m. CT. Details on tickets, parking and other game day logistics will be announced later this week.”
The relocation of the game was anticipated after the hurricane slammed into Southeastern Texas over the weekend, causing substantial and unprecedented flooding in the region. Over the weekend, Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones offered to host the game at AT&T Stadium.
The Texans practiced Monday at the Cowboys’ facility in Frisco, Texas, after they opted not to fly back to Houston following their cheap jerseys game against the Saints in Louisiana over the weekend.
The Houston Chronicle reported NRG Stadium — home of the Texans — remains undamaged but there is flooding nearby.
The development comes hours after the Texans announced they are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund. The NFL Foundation is matching the Texans’ donation and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is matching up to $1 million in donations to American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.
The Houston Texans have made the decision to travel back to Houston after local authorities have now found a safe route for the team to drive home today. The fourth preseason game scheduled for Thursday night in Dallas will be cancelled. At this time, the priority of our organization is getting our players, coaches and staff back home to be reunited with their wholesale jerseys and families, many of whom have been evacuated from their homes and are currently sheltered. The team feels it is imperative to get back home to help the Houston community recover from devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
Robert, Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair will make a donation equal to the money that would have been generated from ticket sales from Thursday’s preseason game in Arlington to recovery and relief efforts.
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. Further details regarding refunds will be announced later today.
The Houston Texans sincerely appreciate the support shown by the Dallas Cowboys and our NFL family during this difficult time.
Texans general manager Rick Smith addressed reporters from Plano, Texas, before the team headed back to Houston.
“We did not have the option up until today to get the team safely home,” Smith said. “So that wasn’t available to us. And so when it became available to us, we’ve got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all of the events and circumstances and things that are happening at home that it became increasingly more difficult from our perspective to ask those guys to go out and try to play a football game. I’m not so sure it would have been fair to do so with NFL china jerseys. 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.”
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche he’s “glad” the Texans get to go home after being on the road so long and the Cowboys players are “fine” with the cancellation.
Lee added that several players are formulating a plan to possibly do something Thursday to help with Hurricane Harvey NFL discount jerseys relief efforts.
Many in the NFL have already been active in raising money to help those cheap NFL jerseys and affected by the hurricane this week, including the Texans themselves. Star pass rusher J.J. Watt jersey has raised more than $7 million, with a new goal of $10 million set. Texans owner Bob McNair announced a donation of $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund.
Garrett said Thursday getting Zeke snaps on Saturday is in preparation for the start of the season.
“The biggest thing is having the mindset of preparing him for Week 1 of the season, and that’s the approach we’ve taken,” Garrett said. “He got a number of more reps in training camp than he did last year. If you remember he had the hamstring injury last year, ended up playing in the second-to-last preseason game and got 8, 10, 12 snaps in that ballgame. So that is the approach we’ve taken with him and anything beyond that we’ll take as it comes.”
Garrett added that second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith jersey will play with authentic NFL jerseys on Saturday “at least as much as he did last week.” Smith played 12 snaps against the Indianapolis Colts last week, earning one tackle, as the team brings him along slowly after he missed his entire rookie season.