Sources: Texans fine players at Watson event

3:48 PM ET

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have fined multiple players who attended the grand opening of quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s new restaurant franchise, sources told ESPN.

Watson, a minority owner of the cheesesteak franchise Lefty’s, hosted the grand opening on Dec. 15. Despite the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols prohibiting more than three players from gathering, at least six Texans players, including Watson, were in attendance at the event.

According sources, at least one player involved was fined $5,000 and Watson was fined more because it was his event.

Teammates pictured together at the event included offensive linemen Tytus Howard, Roderick Johnson and Laremy Tunsil, running back Duke Johnson and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Defensive end Charles Omenihu was also in attendance.

Deshaun Watson @deshaunwatson event @charless_94 @KingTunsil78 @RodBeBalling @voltpt_ @AlexDWeb1 @brandincooks @DukeJohnson_8 @ChesterPitts @levelstothis_2 Willie D, Z-Ro, Watson’s family and girlfriend @JillyAnais @eatleftys @NickScurfield @StickysChicken Ryan Lachaine, etc pic.twitter.com/yX74XCj2jS

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 15, 2020

According to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, “Group Activity Outside of the Club Facility a. Groups of more than three (3) Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Individuals, including players, are prohibited from gathering outside of the Club facility or team travel.”

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