With estimated damages of more than of $40 billion, Hurricane Harvey continues to disrupt the lives of thousands, including those in the NFL.
The Houston Texans practiced at the Dallas Cowboys’ facilities at The Star on Monday morning and might practice again there Tuesday.
The Cowboys practiced later Monday at the same place.
The teams are scheduled to meet in the final preseason game Thursday at NRG Stadium in Houston. However, contingency plans are being discussed.
“It’s tough. It’s tough not being there,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “We’ve got players and coaches here with families back home and it’s tough not being there to help out.”
The team flew to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday after a 13-0 preseason loss against New Orleans at the Superdome, and stayed at an Irving hotel Sunday night.
The staff packed up and checked out Monday morning before coming to The Star. O’Brien indicated in his news conference that the team would be staying at least one more night.
The team was without 10 players who stayed behind in Houston for a variety of reasons, including injury, but are now stuck in the city.
“None of our players have asked to go home and even if they did, the roads are impassible and that would be impossible,” O’Brien said.
With Harvey’s center and impact storm bands still centered near the Houston area, the rain has created unprecedented flooding.
Also on Monday, the NFL Foundation announced it will match owner Bob McNair and the Texans’ $1 million contribution to the United Way Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The total $2 million contribution will support first response efforts by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way of Greater Houston. Fans are encouraged to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief.
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Shaking up the schedule of sporting events, particularly NFL events, can be difficult, but it’s not unprecedented.
The New Orleans Saints were forced away from home for an entire year after catastrophic damage to the Superdome from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Their first game, scheduled to be at home against the Giants, was moved to the Meadowlands with seven more home games split between Tiger Stadium at LSU and the Alamodome in San Antonio.
“That was one of the things coming out of the game in New Orleans was that some of their players talked about how people left the city to go to Houston after Hurricane Katrina,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. “And now it’s Houston that needs the help.
“I just want everyone to know that we’re not doing this just to raise a bunch of money and move on. We’re going to be here for the long haul and we’re going to rebuild the city.”
The Texans began training camp at The Greenbriar in Hot Springs, W.Va., before coming back to Houston last Monday.