Did Titans COVID outbreak upend Earl Thomas workout with Texans?

By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- An outbreak of positive COVID-19 test results within the league is what led to the Texans canceling their workout scheduled for Earl Thomas and other players, according to head coach Bill O’Brien.

He called it a unique couple of days for the team, which had its own COVID scare in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The Texans also lost safety A.J. Moore to a hamstring injury against the Steelers on Sunday, and he’s since been placed on injured reserve.

On Tuesday, three Titans players and five personnel members tested positive. A fourth player learned of his positive test Wednesday morning. The Titans most recently played the Vikings, who visit NRG Stadium for Week 4.

The NFL specifically communicated with the Texans and Steelers, since they had been scheduled Sunday to face the Vikings and Titans, respectively.

While Vikings-Texans is scheduled to go on as planned, the Steelers-Titans game is being postponed, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN.

“We had a bunch of guys in here ready to work out,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said when asked about the team’s interest in Thomas. “We said instead of keeping those guys holed up in a hotel, potentially to be there for several days -- we didn’t know at that point -- that it was better for us to just cancel the workouts. We had several workouts.

“Earl Thomas is a helluva player. He’s had a great career. Again, we had a bunch of guys in and we decided to cancel. We’ll see how it goes moving forward. That’s really what it was. It’s not anything other than that and we’ve got a lot of respect for Earl.”

SportsRadio 610 insider John McClain reported Tuesday night Texans decided Thomas was not a good fit after discussing the matter internally.

When asked about Thomas’ issues in Baltimore, which led to the Ravens cutting him after an altercation with a teammate during training camp, O’Brien said the Texans try to look at whoever is available.

“At the end of the day, we try to look at everybody,” said O’Brien, who is also the Texans’ general manager. “We talk to them. We work them out, we physical them. So we just try to look at them relative to the Houston Texans, any position. That’s really what we’ve been doing here the last couple of years.”