"Knock wood," interim head coach Romeo Crennel said Monday.
After placing four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list in the past two weeks, the Houston Texans expect to get three back on the practice field on Wednesday as they prepare for the Cleveland Browns.
Second-year offensive guard Max Scharping, who tested positive over the bye week, is expected to be in the building as early as Tuesday. Linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Dylan Cole are both finished with their five-day isolation period after contact tracing placed them on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, causing them to miss Sunday's game at Jacksonville. The team closed its facility last Thursday after outside linebacker Jacob Martin tested positive the night before. Martin is still in isolation, but doing well with no major symptoms, according to Crennel.
"We expect Jacob, he's going to be away from us a little bit longer because he was on that 10-day COVID list," Crennel said.
It's good news for a depleted linebackers group will now also be without Brennan Scarlett. Scarlett fractured his arm in the 27-25 win over the Jaguars and was placed on the Injured Reserve list on Monday.
The Texans head to Cleveland to play the Browns in Week 10. Sunday's kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.