Houston Texans top wide receiver is headed to the COVID-19 list

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The war of attrition due to the NFL’s COVID outbreak has hit the Houston Texans.

Just two days after the Houston Texans’ opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers, were hit with a COVID outbreak, the Texans find themselves dealing with one of their own. This time, two of their top scorers on the team are in danger of missing Sunday’s game.

The newest additions to the COVID list are as follows, per SI.com:

  • WR Brandin Cooks (Wednesday)
  • K Ka’imi Fairbairn (Wednesday)
  • LB Eric Wilson (Wednesday)
  • DE Jonathon Greenard (Tuesday)
  • DT Jaleel Johnson (Tuesday)
  • DT Maliek Collins (Tuesday)
  • DE Jacob Martin (Tuesday)
  • DE Derek Rivers (Tuesday)

This is potentially a fatal blow regarding the Houston Texans‘ chances to win the game. With their best wide receiver out in Cooks, rookie wide receiver Nico Collins is going to have step up and deliver in a way that he’s never done before.

The Houston Texans will be in an uphill battle if all these players are out.

Any predictions for the future of how Houston will fare in these last three games of the season are now almost entirely in the dark. The Texans don’t have what it takes to compete against playoff-level teams (which all of their remaining opponents are). An 0-3 finish to the 2021 season is highly likely. If I had to forecast a percentage, I’d give it a 95% chance.

This is as positive as one can be with the current state of Houston’s team. Unless they soar above expectations and pull off another upset win as they did against the Tennessee Titans weeks ago, it’s going to be a long three weeks and maybe the last in David Culley’s short career.

May the odds ever be in the Houston Texans’ favor. They’re sure going to need it.

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