Would The Texans Consider Quarantining A Spare Quarterback?

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Around the NFL, there's an idea floating around about quarantining a quarterback.

No, the Texans aren't going to quarantine Deshaun Watson. 

They need him at the facility practicing with teammates. 

But what if one of the quarterbacks on the roster becomes infected with the coronavirus, risking the possible spread throughout the entire meeting room?

Even if Watson's able to avoid the virus on his own, if either backups A.J. McCarron, Alex McGough, or any of the coaches who work with them closely tests positive, that could compromise the entire group. 

With certain positions in which a team usually relies on a particular player throughout the season -- quarterback, long-snapper, punter and kicker -- there could be a need to hold a roster spot for someone who remains away from the team, and the rest of the public, until called upon to play. 

"We’ve gone through thousands of different scenarios," O'Brien said. "We do that every single day, just talking about any position on the team, whether it’s the quarterback position, or the kicker, or the long snapper, any position. There’s a lot of unknowns, but we feel like with the roster flexibility that we have, the roster versatility that we have, and also the rules that are going to be in place relative to the roster, we think that we’ll be able to deal with those things.

"There’s just so many unknowns, it’s hard to say exactly what’s going to happen. But we try to cover all bases."

This would be the ultimate contingency plan.

Veterans on the expanded practice squad will make $204,000 for the year. 

The idea has been discussed between multiple teams and agents, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, who talked to veteran agent Mike McCartney, who said "that’s an extremely inexpensive insurance policy at the most important position, and it gives you a guy who not just knows the offense but is keeping up with the intricacies of the game plan every week."