The Texans headed home to flood-ravaged Houston after their final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys was canceled Wednesday.

“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. “There is so much devastation in the city and the region and we want to be part of the recovery process.”

The game scheduled for Thursday night had been moved from Houston to the home of the Cowboys because of widespread flooding in the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The decision to cancel the game altogether was announced when the Texans said local authorities had found a safe route for the team to drive the 250 miles home.

Smith said Wednesday was the first day they had the option to return to Houston and the team felt it was better to go home than to try and play a game Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jaguars owner Shad Khan would be willing to swap home dates with the Texans in an effort to help the city. The Jaguars are scheduled to open the season in Houston on Sept. 10. The Texans play in Jacksonville on Dec. 17.

The NFL has not announced a decision on Houston’s opener.

Bengals penalty

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his NFL suspension reduced from five to three games for his egregious hit on a Chiefs running back during a preseason game.

During the second preseason game, Burfict leveled running back Anthony Sherman on a pass play when he wasn’t the intended target.

The play wasn’t penalized, but the league can impose fines or suspensions after reviewing plays.

Burfict will miss home games against the Ravens and Texans and a road game with the Packers. He’ll be eligible to return for a game in Cleveland on Oct. 1.

It’s the second straight season he’s suspended for the first three games.

He was punished last season for his hit to Antonio Brown’s head during a 2015 playoff loss to the Steelers.

Around the league

A person familiar with the discussions says the Green Bay Packers and free agent linebacker Ahmad Brooks agreed to a one-year deal. Brooks, 33, was released by the San Francisco 49ers last week. He is a two-time second-team All-Pro. … The Saints cut long snapper Justin Drescher after reaching an injury settlement with the veteran who has played for New Orleans each of the past seven seasons. … The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver Seth Roberts to a two-year contract extension through 2019. He was eligible to become a restricted free agent next offseason. … The Atlanta Falcons reached an injury settlement with offensive tackle Kevin Graf and waived four players.