QB Tom Savage longs to hold his tiny daughter and spend quality time with his wife.
DE J.J. Watt wants to do more than raise money via video on social media about 250 miles from Houston with the city swamped by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.
The Texans are instead stranded in the Dallas area. And now what was supposed to be a home preseason game against Dallas will be played at the Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“It’s very, very tough,” said Watt, who posted that a fundraising effort had raised more than $500,000 within 24 hours. “It’s very difficult to watch, your family, your friends, your city, go through a time like this and not be there to help.”
After losing an exhibition game at the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 26, the Texans essentially flew over their flood-stricken city on the way to Dallas.
“Every individual is dealing with some different things,” coach
Bill O’Brien said. “But we’re on top of that and in touch with them.” Rookie watch: The team and owner Bob McNair are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund, according to NFL.com. ... RB D’Onta Fore
man sat out the Saints game with a minor groin injury but is expected to be ready for Week 1. … Second-round LB Zach Cunningham had three tackles and looked much better in pass coverage than earlier in the preseason. … NT Rickey Hatley had a sack for a second week in a row.
Noteworthy: WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand) has been sidelined for more than two weeks, but he’s expected to be ready for Week 1. … The Texans picked up versatile RB Jordan Todman last week, and he had two kick returns totaling 52 yards, caught a pass for 7 yards and rushed for 8 yards on four carries.