Texans have player with positive COVID-19 test for 2nd straight week

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- For the second straight week, the Houston Texans will close their facilities due to a player that has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sources told Eyewitness News linebacker Jacob Martin tested positive for the virus. Also, Whitney Mercilus and Dylan Cole must quarantine for five days after potentially having contact with Martin.



The Texans confirmed the positive case Thursday morning in a statement and said all operations will be conducted virtually.

"We were informed last night that a Texans player has tested positive for COVID-19. In consultation with the NFL and medical experts, we have made the decision to close the facility and conduct all operations virtually today. The player immediately self-isolated and contact tracing has begun. We will follow the NFL's intensive protocols and guidance regarding the team's operations. The health and safety of our team, as well as our entire staff, are of highest priority."



"The biggest challenge is COVID itself because of social distancing. Everything that's set up... we've got multiple locker rooms so the guys are not together. Social distancing - you need to be apart. They have to wear a mask. It's hard to develop that chemistry that you normally can develop when guys are hanging out together," said interim head coach Romeo Crennel.

The team faced similar circumstances last week after Max Scharping, a second-year offensive lineman, tested positive for COVID-19. Scharping marked the first positive test for the Texans since the start of training camp.



The closures of workout rooms, training facilities and other key elements of the Texans' footprint at NRG Park on Oct. 28 were ahead of a bye week.

This time around, the Texans have a matchup with the Jaguars in Jacksonville this Sunday.

Crennel said the team has linebackers who are reserves, and practice squad players who will be called up and expected to play Sunday.



While it's still too early to tell whether the reported case will impact the game, other matchups earlier in the pandemic-impacted season were forced to move out of their originally scheduled dates and/or times.



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