Texans issue statement after player tests positive for COVID-19
The Houston Texans have released a statement after being forced to close down the team facility on Wednesday due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. The organization says it learned of the positive test result on Tuesday night and began implementing league protocols.
“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.”
The Texans placed offensive guard Max Scharping on the COVID-19 reserve list, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Players are placed on the list after either testing positive for the coronavirus or having close contact with a known infected person.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Texans were testing every other player — many of whom were in the team’s facility, forcing its closure.
While the team is now proceeding cautiously, the timing is fortunate as it relates to football. Bye week, so no game this week. But plenty of non-players are in the building, so the facility is closing. https://t.co/7vfaefoFl4
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 28, 2020
As Rapoport notes, the (relative) good news is that the Texans don’t play again until Nov. 8, when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Field.