Hous­ton Tex­ans

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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.

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