Watt gets wish: Game funds going to hurricane recovery

Bill O'Brien: “We will play this season for the city of Houston”

The game was scheduled for Thursday night but an opportunity presented itself for the Texans players to make their way back to Houston to be with their families and they had to take it. "We've got to play the game", O'Brien said.

"She's always texting me every five minutes telling me Summer's OK", the former Pittsburgh standout said. I have a little lake in the back of my house, so it's pretty high in the backyard and stuff.

The Houston Texans aren't sure when they'll be able to leave the Dallas area to get back home, but head coach Bill O'Brien said "there's a sense we can get back there, I would say, before Monday". We realize how bad the people in Houston want a winning football team and we feel like maybe if we can go out there and win some ball games and play the way we know we're capable of playing, maybe that lifts some people's spirits here as they recover from this tough disaster.

As of Wednesday morning, Watt had raised over $5 million for relief efforts in the city.

More than 40,000 tickets to the game have been sold with all proceeds going to the Houston relief efforts.

The statement said the league and Texans would continue to closely monitor the situation in Houston and adjust the team's plans as necessary. The others are linebacker Zach Cunningham of Pinson Valley High, linebacker Eric Lee of Daphne High, fullback Jay Prosch from UMS-Wright and Auburn, guard Chad Slade from Moody High and Auburn and cornerback Dee Virgin of West Alabama.

"Houston is a special city to our family and our organization", Kraft said. And so when it became available to us, we've got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all of the events and circumstances and things that are happening at home that it became increasingly more hard from our perspective to ask those guys to go out and try to play a football game. "The city of Houston, sports kind of keeps everybody close, whether it's us, whether it's the Astros or the Rockets".

Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin had an unexpected visitor this week - his brother, Nick, an offensive lineman on the Houston Texans. As this was the fourth preseason game, chances are none of the starters or key reserves would have played anyway.

No longer are all 32 National Football League teams scheduled to play Thursday night.

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