Tex­ans take on Jaguars in opener as Hous­ton re­cov­ers from Hur­ri­cane Har­vey

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>> HOUS­TON: Hur­ri­cane Har­vey made foot­ball an af­ter­thought in Hous­ton.

To­mor­row when they open the sea­son against the Jack­sonville Jaguars, the Tex­ans know a city just be­gin­ning to re­build af­ter the storm will be look­ing for them to pro­vide a boost.

“We know it’s a hard time here in Hous­ton right now,’’ run­ning back La­mar Miller said. “We’re just try­ing to do any­thing to make this city proud this up­com­ing Sun­day. And for us to do that, everybody has to do their as­sign­ment, play fast and just put on a show.”

The Tex­ans last took the field for a pre­sea­son game against the Saints on Aug 26. They spent sev­eral days in Dal­las be­fore their last pre­sea­son game was can­celled af­ter the storm.

Hous­ton look to ex­tend their win­ning streak against the Jaguars to seven games in a match-up that will fea­ture the re­turn of su­per­star de­fen­sive end JJ Watt. He missed the fi­nal 13 games of last sea­son fol­low­ing his sec­ond back surgery.

Watt has be­come the celebrity face of the storm af­ter a fundraiser he started has raised more than US$29 mil­lion (and count­ing) for hur­ri­cane re­lief. He’s been over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port he’s re­ceived from around the coun­try and can’t wait to play to­mor­row to help pro­vide the fans an es­cape.

Watt was also quick to note his team­mates have also pitched in to help out in the days since the storm.

“Our guys un­der­stand how big this city is for us,” Watt said. “We wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for these in­cred­i­ble fans and these in­cred­i­ble peo­ple sup­port­ing us, and our guys have been un­be­liev­able about try­ing to give back and do what­ever they can. It’s been re­ally cool to have their sup­port be­hind all of this.”

While the Tex­ans move into their sea­son af­ter the storm, the Jaguars will have to leave their fam­ily and friends be­hind to head to Hous­ton as Hur­ri­cane Irma ap­proaches Florida. Coach Doug Mar­rone said they’ve had long dis­cus­sions about how the team will deal with it, but de­clined to pro­vide any de­tails on their plans.

“We’re going to han­dle that all in­ter­nally of what we’re do­ing with all of our plans and try­ing to make sure we keep ev­ery­one in mind as this is going on, be­cause this is a dif­fi­cult thing for the peo­ple that work here,” he said.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult thing for the peo­ple in Jack­sonville. We just got to do the best job at this time for the fam­i­lies and the peo­ple that are in­volved.”

Tex­ans run­ning back La­mar Miller scores a touch­down last sea­son.

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