Texans Close Facility as COVID-19 Hits Team


HOUSTON - The Houston Texans are closing their facilities due to a positive test for coronavirus from one of their players.

The Texans released the following Wednesday morning statement:

“Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with NFL protocols, the player immediately self-isolated and our Infection Control Officer and other members of the Infection Response Team began working with the NFL to perform contact tracing. Our facility will be closed today to players for deep cleaning. We are in close consultation with the NFL, as well as our team of independent doctors and specialists, and will follow their guidance regarding our scheduled bye week operations. The health and safety of our team, as well as our entire staff, are of highest priority.”

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports second-year guard Max Scharping is being placed on the reserve-COVID-19. 

This is the first brush with a true test the Texans have had after there were some false-positives earlier in the season. While the players are unlikely at the facility (outside of those in need of injury treatment), there are still coaches and other staff members who head home. 

With the players not being at the facility, it is likely the team will do drive-through testing similar to what the Raiders did and what other teams have done after a positive. The contact tracing of the offensive line will be key as well. The Las Vegas Raiders had their whole starting offensive line placed on the reserve-COVID-19 due to close contact with a potential case last week. 

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The Texans, off to a one-win start to this marred 2020 NFL season, weren't scheduled to have the full team back in the building until Monday. 

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