Texans return to practice after COVID-19 shutdown

By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans are back on the practice field after shutting down the facility because of a positive COVID-19 test on the team.

Outside linebacker Jacob Martin tested positive earlier in the week, forcing the team to shut down its facility Thursday and virtual meetings instead of practicing.

Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel said the team will try Friday to make up for the time lost the day before, but they won't overwork.

"Everybody was negative with the tests, so that allowed us to come back," Crennel said. "We'll have a good day of practice today, try to catch up a little bit from yesterday because of what we missed. But we can't overwork them because it's two days before the game. So the sun is shine, everybody's feeling pretty good. We'll have a good day, travel (Saturday) and play on Sunday."

The Texans (1-6) face the Jaguars (also 1-6) on Sunday at Jacksonville. In addition to being without Martin, Houston loses starting outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus and reserve inside linebacker Dylan Cole, both of whom were deemed high-risk close contacts to Martin.

Expect rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard, who has not played more than five defensive snaps in a game this season, to see extended time.