FRISCO, Texans -- 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."
The Texans have been in the Dallas area since early Sunday morning after flying directly from their preseason game in New Orleans because of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The team has been practicing at the Dallas Cowboys' facility in Frisco this week. The Texans and Cowboys were scheduled to play on Thursday at NRG Stadium, but the game was relocated to AT&T Stadium.
"I wouldn't say we can get there before the game, obviously. We've got to play the game," O'Brien said. "But each day we get a little bit more information based on what's going on down there."
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was asked if the game on Thursday could provide a "nice distraction for the people in Houston." This weekend Watt set up an online fundraiser to raise money for flood relief in Houston. As of Tuesday evening, the fund had raised more than $3.5 million.
"No," Watt said. "I think the only good thing that could possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser. That's about the best-case scenario that could some from a game on Thursday is if it raised multi-millions of dollars.
"This is bigger than football. It's bigger than a game. It's bigger than any of us. So we need to make sure that we're thinking about these victims and the city of Houston before anything else."