Mexico MEXICO CITY – OCTOBER 2: Estadio Azteca is shown during the Arizona Cardinals game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 2, 2005 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Cards defeated the Niners 31-14. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans are scheduled to face off against the Oakland Raiders this Monday in Mexico City at Estadio Azteca. The only thing is, the Texans probably won’t get to explore Mexico at all during their little time off.

The game between Oakland and Houston is historic in that it’s the first NFL game in Mexico City since 2005. It’s being played as part of the NFL’s international series that typically focuses on games in London.

USA Today reported Thursday on a memo The Associated Press obtained regarding information about the Texans’ trip to Mexico. Players are being told to not leave the hotel or order room service while in Mexico City.

The memo had a safety portion that included a bullet point which read “DO NOT leave the hotel.” It also told players they should leave all expensive jewelry they have at home, to not bring large amounts of money, or to use ATMs at all. That was all part of the safety section.

The next section focused on “health and performance.” It warned players to only drink bottled water and avoid ice. From there, it told players to not order room service or eat outside of the team meal room.

While this may seem extreme, these are precautions many foreigners take when they visit Mexico. Additionally, the room service portion of the memo is common in the NFL. The league sent players a notice earlier this year to warn players that some meat produced in China and Mexico could contain the banned steroid clenbuterol.

“Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk,” the NFL told players.

Raiders’ players didn’t receive the same memo as the Texans did, but multiple players said they would be following similar guidelines while in Mexico.

“I always bring my own food anyway,” Oakland defensive tackle Dan Williams said. “I’m on a strict diet so I have to watch what I eat. No room service for me. I can’t afford to sneak and cheat.”

Even though the Texans were told to stay in their hotel and basically to not go anywhere the team doesn’t have to go, they’re still working on their Spanish.

The game is scheduled to kickoff from the Azteca at 8:30 PM EST on Monday on ESPN.

[USA Today]

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