Tex­ans head home to flood-rav­aged Hous­ton

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Schuyler Dixon As­so­ci­ated Press Pro Foot­ball Writer

AR­LING­TON, Texas — The Tex­ans headed home to flood-rav­aged Hous­ton after their fi­nal pre­sea­son game against the Dal­las Cow­boys was can­celed Wed­nes­day.

“We’ve got sev­eral mem­bers of our travel party — our coaches, our play­ers, our staff mem­bers — whose fam­i­lies have been evac­u­ated,” gen­eral man­ager Rick Smith said. “There is so much dev­as­ta­tion in the city and the re­gion and we want to be part of the re­cov­ery process.”

The game sched­uled for tonight had been moved from Hous­ton to the home of the Cow­boys be­cause of wide­spread flood­ing in the Hous­ton area in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

The de­ci­sion to can­cel the game al­to­gether was an­nounced when the Tex­ans said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had found a safe route for the team to drive the 250 miles home.

Smith said Wed­nes­day was

Hous­ton play­ers gather their lug­gage after trav­el­ing from Dal­las to Hous­ton on Wed­nes­day. The Tex­ans were go­ing to play a pre­sea­son game to­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, home of the Cow­boys, but the NFL can­celed the game.

the first day they had the op­tion to re­turn to Hous­ton and the team felt it was bet­ter to go home than to try and play a game Thurs­day.

“When it be­came avail­able to us, we’ve got so many guys on the team that are dis­tracted by all the events and the cir­cum­stances that it be­came in- Karen War­ren / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle via AP

creas­ingly more dif­fi­cult from our per­spec­tive to go out and try to play a foot­ball game,” Smith said. “And I’m not sure it would have been fair to do so. So when the op­por­tu­nity arose to­day that we had a safe route to get home (we) made the de­ci­sion to can­cel the game.”

After the Tex­ans played their pre­sea­son game in New Or­leans last week­end, they went to North Texas in­stead of home after the storm. The Tex­ans worked out Mon­day and Tues­day at the Cow­boys’ prac­tice fa­cil­ity.

Smith wasn’t sure when the Tex­ans would re­sume prac­tice, but said that NRG Sta­dium wasn’t dam­aged in the storm and that their opener there on Sept. 10 against the Jack­sonville Jaguars would go on as planned.

“We’re hurt­ing, Hous­ton is hurt­ing, but we’re strong,” Smith said. “We’ve been there over a decade and we are part of the fab­ric of the community.”

Tex­ans star de­fen­sive end J.J. Watt was pleased with the de­ci­sion to can­cel the game and get back to Hous­ton.

“I think it’s the right de­ci­sion,” he said. “Ev­ery­body here is ob­vi­ously most con­cerned about their fam­i­lies, their friends, the city of Hous­ton back home. I think it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that we get home as quickly as we pos­si­bly can.”

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