Houston Texans close team facility after player tests positive for COVID-19

The Houston Texans are closing down their team facility Wednesday after a player tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced.

The Texans are on their bye week after a 35-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday dropped the team to 1-6 on the season.

“Late last night, we received notice that a Texans player tested positive for COVID-19," the Texans said Wednesday in a statement. "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.”

Center Nick Martin #66 of the Houston Texans sets up before snapping the ball in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Frederick Breedon, Getty Images)

Backup offensive guard Max Scharping was the player who tested positive, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports.

The Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 8.

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