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The Houston Texan’s interim coach Romeo Crennel announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, that one of their players’ linebacker Jacob Martin tested positive for COVID-19. All Texan operations will be held virtually going forward.
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 the highest priority.
What Is Next?
The Texans are scheduled to play the Jaguars on Sunday, but the NFL has not given an official word on the status of the game. Last week during their bye week, the Texans had to shut down their facility after another player tested positive.
Crennel explained the facility underwent a deep cleaning due to the positive test results. The Texans facility was not the only one closed due to the virus.
Other Facility Closings
The Chicago Bears also shut down their facility Thursday because Bears center Cody Whitehair and tackle Jason Spriggs tested positive for the virus.
The Chicago Bears closed their facilities Thursday to deal with a potential COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Also, Bears’ right guard Germain Ifedi had to be quarantined due to close contact with Spriggs.
The Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano were at the podium Thursday morning at Halas Hall speaking to the press when word spread that players and staff must remove themselves from the Lake Forest facility. Practices and team meetings will be conducted virtually.
The 49ers shut down their team facility earlier this week because of the coronavirus. Also, the Denver Broncos announced team exec John Elway has also tested positive.
Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
ESPN: Houston Texans close facility after Jacob Martin tests positive for coronavirus, ESPN
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Bears send players and coaches home after Cody Whitehair reportedly is the latest to positive for COVID-19; Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans is still on as scheduled, COLLEEN KANE
TMZ Sports: HOUSTON TEXANS TEAM FACILITY SHUT DOWN After Positive COVID Test,
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