Thursday's preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled, both teams announced. No decisions have been made on the duration of the team's stay in Dallas or on details regarding Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
In the time since, the Texans have opted for an opportunity to return home to their families and community. Those who have purchased tickets to the game can get a refund; if not, the money will still go to the relief fund.
The Saints went 3-13 in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but the Saints were unable to play any regular-season games at home after the storm damaged the Superdome.
"When it became available to us, we've got so many guys on the team that are distracted by all the events and the circumstances that it became increasingly more hard from our perspective to go out and try to play a football game", Smith said.
"We've upped the goal to $10 million because everything is bigger in Texas", he said. "I will tell you right now: We're going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston, the people of Houston".
The Texans have been in the Dallas area since early Sunday morning after flying directly from their preseason game in New Orleans.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has embraced a fundraising effort of his own in recent days. "I think the only good thing that could possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser". It's bigger than a game. Watt helped raise nearly $775,000 as of 7 p.m. ET on Monday.
The sun was shining in Houston Wednesday as the heaviest rainfall appeared to be past the area, but catastrophic floods were still wreaking havoc on the city. At last report, the effort had raised more than $5.1 million.