Texans place OL Max Scharping on reserve-COVID-19 list; activate rookie WR Isaiah Coulter


HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Second-year offensive lineman Max Scharping is on the reserve-COVID 19 list after testing positive earlier this week.

The Texans learned of Scharping's positive test late Tuesday night and he was immediately self-isolated.

Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle first reported the news.

The team's facility was shut down Wednesday for deep cleaning. With Scharping on the reserve-COVID-19, the Texans are activating rookie wide receiver Isaiah Coulter from the injured list.

Scharping started 14 games for the Texans as a rookie last season and figured to be their starting left guard in 2020. But he's been benched for veteran Senio Kelemete.

Offensive line coach Mike Devlin said Tuesday Scharping had not shown the development he expected from someone who was a regular starter last season.

Scharping's absence hurts the Texans' offensive line depth, as he would have been expected to play if Kelemete was unable to for any reason.

This is the first known positive COVID-19 test result for a Texans player. There had been a scare during the trip to Pittsburgh in Week 3, when a staff member's false positive test prompted emergency testing for several players just hours before facing the Steelers.