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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans closed their facility Thursday after one of their players tested positive for COVID-19.
Interim coach Romeo Crennel said that Mercilus and Cole were identified as close contacts to Martin, who tested positive for the coronavirus, and are considered “high risk,” meaning they cannot play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Texans announced that they were informed of the positive test Wednesday night, and all their operations Thursday will be conducted virtually.
“In consultation with the NFL and medical experts, we have made the decision to close the facility and conduct all operations virtually today,” the team said in a statement Thursday morning. “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.”
Crennel said he hopes to hold a practice on Friday, but that depends on the results of the other tests taken Thursday and whether the NFL lets the team back into the