The Dallas Cowboys fifth and final preseason game has been cancelled by the NFL to allow the Houston Texans to return home.
Somethings are simply bigger than football. And that’s the conclusion the NFL made on Wednesday, electing to cancel the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans matchup scheduled for Thursday night and relocated to Arlington recently due to Hurricane Harvey.
The Category 4 hurricane bombarded the Houston area over the weekend and has left devastation in it’s wake. With several of the main roads into the city flooded, the Texans were forced to remain in Dallas until Wednesday, when the option to return home was finally available.
The Texans have been practicing at the Cowboys new facility, The Star, in Frisco, Texas until it was safe to return home. And their final preseason contest was relocated to AT&T Stadium for this Thursday with all proceeds from the game going to the United Way of Greater Houston’s relief fund. But the league ultimately believed allowing the Texans to return home now was the right thing to do.
For those who purchased tickets to the game, you have the option of donating those funds to the United Way or getting a refund via Ticketmaster.
With the Texans now returning home to be with their families and to help with the relief effort, the Cowboys are currently working out a schedule to hold practices in lieu of playing in their final preseason contest. Due to their inclusion into the Hall of Fame game, Dallas has already played in four preseason contests. Missing the fifth will likely be a relief in itself.
This cancellation means the Dallas Cowboys next game will be Week One of the regular season, which kicks off on Sunday night, September 10th against their longtime NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. The Giants were the only team to beat the Cowboys in both of their matchups last season and should be a good barometer for America’s Team chances of repeating as divisional champions this season.