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Texans-Cowboys preseason game cancelled so players can be with families

Houston Texans will return home rather than play Dallas Cowboys in a preseason match on Thursday.

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The preseason game between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.

The match had already been relocated from Houston to Arlington due to widespread flooding in south-east Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, with ticket proceeds set to be donated to disaster relief.

But the teams ultimately decided to call the game off so Texans players could return home to their families and community.

The Cowboys announced fans who have already purchased tickets may have them refunded or donate the money to aid efforts.

"The Houston Texans have made the decision to travel back to Houston after local authorities have now found a safe route for the team to drive home today," an official statement from the Texans read.

"The fourth preseason game scheduled for Thursday night in Dallas will be cancelled. At this time, the priority of our organisation 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 currently sheltered.

"The team feels it is imperative to get back home to help the Houston community recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

"Robert, Janice, Cal and Hannah McNair will make a donation equal to the money that would have been generated from ticket sales from Thursday's preseason game in Arlington to recovery and relief efforts."

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