But the teams and league ultimately chose to call the game off so Texans players could return home and be with their families.
"We've got several members of our travel party - our coaches, our players, our staff members - whose families have been evacuated", general manager Rick Smith said. "We also hope our actions will encourage others to do whatever they can to help their neighbors in need right now". Those who have purchased tickets to the game can get a refund; if not, the money will still go to the relief fund. The National Weather Service said flooding isn't expected to peak until Wednesday or Thursday.
Some Houston players have been in the city all along.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has embraced a fundraising effort of his own in recent days.
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.
The Houston Texans started to work out at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility on Monday morning after being displaced due to the catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey on the Houston area.
The Cowboys made all tickets to the game available for $25 on Tuesday night, with all of those proceeds going to hurricane relief efforts.
Watt began the fundraiser on Sunday with an initial donation of $100,000 and setting the goal for $200,000.
The Texans and team owner Bob McNair donated $1 million earlier this week to the United Way of Greater Houston's flood relief fund. He also raised the goal of the fundraiser to $6 million.