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Thursday's preseason finale between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys which had been moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Monday has been cancelled.

After Hurricane Harvey barreled into Southeastern Texas over the weekend, leaving devastating floods in its wake, the National Football League relocated the game from Houston to Arlington.

"At this time, the priority of our organization is getting our players, coaches and staff back home to be reunited with their families, many of whom have been evacuated from their homes and are now sheltered", the team said. All proceeds from the game were set to go toward Harvey relief. But the 10 injured players who didn't accompany the team to New Orleans last Wednesday - wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and running backs D'Onta Foreman and Akeem Hunt among them - waited out the storm in Houston.

We're going to play for the City of Houston. Watt said. "This is much bigger and much more important than football".

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McAdoo gave no indications that he would rest either player in the final two preseason games, which is somewhat understandable. Leading receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall seemingly avoided major injuries in a meaningless preseason game.

The Texans had an opportunity to go home and tend to their families, so that's what they did. "I think Houston being able to get home and see their families is a big deal". So I think it's extremely important that we get home as quickly as we possibly can.

The teams were informed of the cancellation at respective team meetings Wednesday morning.

Watt said he's been moved by watching everyone that has helped out in the crisis so far and is looking forward to pitching in. The team had been working out at the Cowboys' practice facility at The Star in Frisco. That's about the best-case scenario that could some from a game on Thursday is if it raised multi-millions of dollars. In response, Watt chose to help raise money for flooding victims.

Some Houston players have been in the city all along. Watt started a fundraiser at YouCaring.com/JJWatt on Sunday.

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